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    A look back at Jimmie Johnson's 29th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne's staff.

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    Inside Line
    Jimmie Johnson scored his sixth win of the year and locked up the number one seed in the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" with his victory in Saturday night's Chevy Rock 'n Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

    Keys to Victory Lane
    Johnson started from the pole but fell back and after adjustments were made on the Lowe's Chevy worked his way back to the front and picked up his second straight Richmond win.

    Zero to Hero
    Johnny Sauter started 35th and finished fifth for his best career NEXTEL Cup performance.

    Hero to Zero
    Carl Edwards qualified sixth and was running in the lead before an engine expired on the Office Depot No. 99 Ford, giving him a 42nd place finish.

    Rookie of the Race
    David Ragan piloted the Roush Fenway Racing AAA Ford to a third place finish, his best career NEXTEL Cup performance.

    Notables
    J.J. Yeley started 36th and came home 10th in the Interstate Batteries Chevrolet. David Reutimann came from 24th to finish 13th. And Martin Truex Jr. started the night in the 40th position and finished 15th.

    Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Jeff Gordon - 1.9
  • Fastest Early In a Run: Jeff Gordon - 119.305 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Tony Stewart - 114.984 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 1: Ryan Newman - 105.923 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 2: Matt Kenseth - 108.890 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 3: Kurt Busch - 115.432 mph
  • Fastest in Turn 4: Ryan Newman - 102.231 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: 47
  • Fastest on Restarts: Jeff Gordon - 118.814 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Martin Truex Jr. - 114

    Pit Stops
  • Jimmie Johnson captured his 29th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in his 209th start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Johnson won the 161st race for car owner Rick Hendrick. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Johnson, who started first, became the 21st driver to win at Richmond from the pole. He also became the 489th driver overall to win a race from the pole. Starting Position Facts
  • Johnson led three times for 104 laps. Lap Summary
  • Johnson won the 19th race of the season for Chevrolet. It was also the 615th overall win for the manufacturer. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Tony Stewart (second) posted his 18th top-10 of 2007.
  • David Ragan's third-place finish was a career best in 28 NEXTEL Cup races.
  • Jeff Gordon led the most laps (191) en route to his 12th top five at Richmond.
  • Johnny Sauter captured his best Cup finish in 57 starts.
  • Denny Hamlin's Richmond finishing average in four starts is now 6.5 after his sixth-place finish.
  • Kevin Harvick has now finished seventh in the last two races at Richmond.
  • Kasey Kahne's eighth-place finish was his fifth top 10 of 2007.
  • Kurt Busch's ninth-place finish was his second consecutive top 10 at Richmond with Penske Racing.
  • J.J. Yeley scored his fifth career top 10 with a 10th-place finish.
  • The 400-lap race saw 15 lead changes among 10 drivers and an average speed of 91.813 mph.
  • Twelve caution flags were thrown for 70 laps.
  • The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 lasted 3 hours, 16 minutes, 03 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • Too bad we can't hear talk about just going out to win every week instead of worrying about "valuable NEXTEL Cup points."
  • The battle between Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart down the stretch was a classic.
  • Unfortunately there wasn't much else.
  • Kudos to David Ragan and Johnny Sauter for their top five runs.
  • Put Junior down for a pair of wins during the "Chase."
  • Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch can breathe a sigh of relief now, ya think?

    Garage Talk
  • "This is disappointing. These dang motors."- Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  • "Hopefully, this is the bad luck now that we don't have in the next 10 races." - Carl Edwards
  • "Most of the crowd wears red, so that's why they were excited." -Kevin Harvick on his possible overheating problems late, which would have had an effect on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s "Chase" chances.
  • "Our heart was beating 1,000 miles per hour after that. - Kurt Busch on the lap 242 accident.

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of one to ten peanut butter and banana sandwiches (the "King of Rock and Roll" Elvis' favorite food), we'll give Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 a 8. The drama of making the "Chase" was sapped out of the expansion of the field from 10 to 12, although there was a little interest in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s long shot quest to get in. Some pretty good racing upfront, especially near the end in the duel between Junior, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon, but unfortunately not one of the Richmond classics we've come to expect. Next up it's playoff season and the start to the "Chase" next week at New Hampshire International Speedway.

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