Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Jimmie Johnson won Sunday’s AAA Texas 500
while championship contenders Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski as well as their
teams were involved in a post-race fight on pit road after the two clashed in
the closing laps at Texas Motor Speedway.
Johnson scored his record fourth Sprint Cup Series win at Texas, including his
third straight in the fall race, after he grabbed the lead from Gordon
following the first of two green-white-checkered finish attempts and then held
off Keselowski and Kevin Harvick in the second two-lap overtime finish.
Gordon had taken the lead from Johnson in the closing laps. After choosing to
restart in the outside lane for the first green-white-checkered finish, Gordon
collided with Keselowski and suffered a flat tire, which caused him to spin
out and hit the wall. That allowed Johnson to regain the lead.
Harvick grabbed second from Keselowski on the final lap but crossed the finish
line 0.5 seconds behind Johnson. Keselowski finished third, followed by Kyle
Busch and Jamie McMurray.
Gordon, who ended up finishing one lap down in 29th, approached Keselowski on
pit road, as the two exchanged heated words. Then a wild skirmish between both
drivers and their pit crews ensued.
Sunday’s race at Texas was the second event in the Eliminator Round of the
Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.