BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Well so much for the early season story line that Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Chevrolet team were not able to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race this year.
Johnson won for the third time in the past four races on Sunday, collecting his first win at Michigan International Speedway at the Quicken Loans 400.
After consecutive wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway, Johnson celebrated his third win of the 2014 season Sunday to make him the prohibitive favourite to win a seventh Sprint Cup championship and join NASCAR icons Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus played the strategy game perfectly over the final two pit stops taking four tires on the final stop.
Johnson said it was nice to finally win at Michigan, a track that had robbed him of victories a number of times in his illustrious career.
“We have figured every way possible how to lose this race and today we were able to get it done,” Johnson said.