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NASCAR Barometer: Johnson Posts 7th Win at Charlotte

C.J. Radune

C.J. Radune

Radune covers NASCAR, Formula 1 and soccer for RotoWire. He was named the 2012 Racing Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

Jimmie Johnson survived 600 miles to claim his seventh win at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night, the most wins at the track in Sprint Cup history. He started from pole, and had a strong car throughout each phase of the race, finally making opening his 2014 victory account.

NASCAR's longest night started with the No. 48 on pole position, and from the early laps on it became obvious that the win would become tussle between Kevin Harvick and Johnson. The long distance bit the Stewart-Haas Racing team hard, taking Kurt Busch out of his Memorial Day double attempt at the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, and also collecting Danica Patrick, who qualified very well before succumbing to engine failure.

Johnson and Harvick led more than half of the 600 miles between them, giving up the point sparingly to just a few other competitors. After a late caution, Johnson ...

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