Jimmie Johnson held off a late charge by pole-winner Kevin Harvick by 1.214 seconds for his third victory in four races Sunday at the Quicken Loans 400.
For Johnson, it was his first career win at Michigan International Speedway. With the win, Johnson moved up two spots to second place in the Sprint Cup championship standings, trailing teammate Jeff Gordon by 15 points.
It was the fifth consecutive victory for Chevy and Hendrick Motorsports, as Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. also won during the streak in addition to Johnson’s wins at Charlotte and Dover.
Johnson won for the first time in 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Michigan International Speedway. There are now only four tracks on the current schedule where he has never won — Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicagoland and Homestead-Miami.
Johnson gave up the lead after 164 laps when he stopped to pit, but he quickly regained it with about 10 laps to go.