Kevin Harvick was fastest in qualifying and started his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford on the pole alongside of Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford.
The race marked the first time since 1995 that five Fords made up the top-five.
Just prior to the start of the race, Austin Dillon felt something wrong on his No. 3 Dow Chevrolet and took it to the garage for repairs, falling 12 laps down.
On the restart, Ryan Blaney was able to make the outside-line work and got around Harvick for the lead. He would go on to lead the remaining laps of the stage one and win the first stage of his career.
Stage One Winner: Ryan Blaney
Following the stage one caution, the field elected to pit and No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. captured the lead from Blaney after having his quickest pit stop of the day. On the restart however, Truex Jr. surrendered the lead to Blaney.
Debris brought out the fifth caution of the day with 48 laps remaining in the second stage. Blaney beat Truex Jr. by less than an inch off pit road to retain his lead.
Debris in turn one brought out the fifth caution of the day on lap 163. Following the caution, with three laps remaining, Blaney beat No. 48 Jimmie Johnson to the finish and once again, won the stage.
Stage Two Winner: Ryan Blaney
The top-seven cars did not pit under the previous caution so they would have to get serviced during the caution that ended stage two. Blaney handed the lead over to Kevin Harvick.
On lap 182, Paul Menard headed to the garage after he reported a battery issue which caused his No. 27 Chevrolet to slow.
As green flag pit stops eventually began to cycle through on lap 220, Martin Truex Jr. captured the lead over Harvick after his team “nailed” their pit stop. Denny Hamlin was penalized on the pit stop for driving through too many pit boxes on his exit off pit road.
Truex Jr. lost the lead after his team took over 15 seconds to service the No. 78 and Harvick capitalized on the mistake.
With 35 laps remaining, debris in turn-four brought out the eighth caution of the day. Being on a different pit strategy than the rest of the field, No. 22 Joey Logano gained the lead after the rest of the lead-lap cars got fresh tires.
With just 16 laps remaining, Jimmie Johnson grabbed the lead from Logano and wouldn’t look back. The race marked Johnson’s seventh win at Texas Motor Speedway.
- Jimmie Johnson
- Kyle Larson
- Joey Logano
- Kevin Harvick
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Brad Keselowski
- Jamie McMurray
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Chase Elliott
- Kurt Busch
P:11 Clint Bowyer, P12: Ryan Blaney, P15: Kyle Busch, P16: Matt Kenseth, P25: Denny Hamlin, P26: Ryan Newman, P38: Kasey Kahne
The next race will be held in two weeks at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500.
My pick to win: Kyle Busch