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TBT: Jimmie Johnson Wins at Texas for Seventh Time

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look back at Jimmie Johnson’s record seventh win at Texas Motor Speedway.

The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion passed fellow competitor Joey Logano with 17 laps remaining in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 to record his first win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Johnson led the laps that counted, the final laps. Before taking the led with 17 to go, the driver of the No. 48 for Hendrick Motorsports had only led a single lap all race long.

Johnson had entered the 2017 season with only one top-10 finish under his belt (Ninth at Phoenix, now ISM Raceway).

The slump finally ended, and Johnson secured his spot in the playoffs later in the season.

“I guess I remembered how to drive, and I guess this team remembered how to do it. I’m just real proud of this team. What a tough track, tough conditions. But it’s really in our wheelhouse and we were just able to execute all day, Johnson said after the race.”

Johnson discovered right after the start of the race that there was an issue with the fluid delivery system in the car.

“I didn’t really say much about it. I was so happy the car was running good, and we weren’t making mistakes, I kind of overlooked it all.”

While initially feeling hot after the race, the lack of fluids caught up with the driver as his back, chest and arms started to lock up during post-race interviews.

Johnson was taken to the infield care center where he received three bags of IV fluids.

Johnson and Crew Chief Chad Knaus made it to the infield media center two hours after the checkered flag due to the fact that Johnson had to receive medical care.

Driver and crew chief alike weren’t sure what caused the fluid delivery system to have problems.

At the time the victory marked the seventh time the El Cajon, California native had won at the 1.5-mile track, which to this day leads all active drivers. The win also marked the sixth time in the last 10 races that Johnson had won at TMS.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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