NASCAR results at Texas: Jimmie Johnson ends 2017 slump, wins track-record 7th race

It's the 11th time in Johnson's career he's won back-to-back races.

Jimmie Johnson's slump to begin the 2017 season is now over.

The reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion took the lead from Joey Logano with 16 laps remaining at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday and held on for his first win of the season and his seventh at the Lone Star State track.

A caution flag for debris with 33 laps to go brought the leaders to pit road for two tires while Logano stayed on the track to inherit the lead. Johnson rolled off third for the restart but was able to get by Kevin Harvick before Turn 3.

Johnson entered Sunday'sO’Reilly Auto Parts 500 with justone top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix). He jumped to 11th with the win but still trails Larson by 125 points.

Drivers and experts alike expected wrecks and mayhem to play out during the first Cup race at the speedway's re-profiled track, but despite gusty winds and a bevy of contenders starting from the rear, major wrecks were avoided.

Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson were among the nine drivers to start from the rearof the field in Sunday's race after their cars failed to pass tech prior to the end of the first round of qualifying on Friday at the 1.5-mile track.

Larson was able to work his way up from 32nd to finish second, his fourth runner-up finish of the season.

Loganofinished third followed by Kevin Harvickand Dale Earnhardt Jr., who scored his first top five of the season.

Ryan Blaneyswept the first two stages andled 148 laps on the day but drifted back in the final stage in part to missing his pit stall with 33 laps remainingen route to a 12th-place finish.

Chase Elliott

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Here are the complete unofficial results from theO’Reilly Auto Parts 500:

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Jamie McMurray
  8. Martin Truex Jr.
  9. Chase Elliott
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Ryan Blaney
  13. Trevor Bayne
  14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  15. Kyle Busch
  16. Matt Kenseth
  17. Ty Dillon
  18. Aric Almirola
  19. Daniel Suarez
  20. AJ Allmendinger
  21. Chris Buescher
  22. Erik Jones
  23. Michael McDowell
  24. Danica Patrick
  25. Denny Hamlin
  26. Ryan Newman
  27. JJ Yeley
  28. David Ragan
  29. Landon Cassill
  30. Cole Whitt
  31. Matt DiBenedetto
  32. Corey LaJoie
  33. Austin Dillon
  34. Gray Gaulding
  35. Reed Sorenson
  36. Paul Menard
  37. Derrike Cope
  38. Kasey Kanhe
  39. Timmy Hill
  40. Jeffrey Earnhardt
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