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Jimmie Johnson Holds Off Tony Stewart & Kurt Busch To Claim Victory At Bristol Motor Speedway

March 22nd, 2010 – by Jimmy

Despite a brilliant performance from the Miller Lite Dodge on Sunday, Kurt Busch is left to wonder what happened to his sixth career win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The answer is simple, Jimmie Johnson is what happened.

Even though Busch had a race leading 278 laps led, it was Jimmie Johnson that was able to come snake the win away from Busch, something that Johnson has done many times before and will undoubtedly do again.

The four time defending Sprint Cup Champion didn’t win those four titles in a row by not knowing a thing or two about a thing or two. Week to week, Johnson is always in contention, as well as listed as a favorite to win. NASCAR Sports Betting odds consistently have Johnson at or near the top of the odds to win any given race.

Coming into the Food City 500, before qualifying, Johnson was not the favorite to win. That honor went to Kurt Busch’s younger brother, Kyle. The younger Busch was listed at 13 to 2 odds, just a tick better than Denny Hamlin at 7 to 1, and a good bit better than Kurt who was listed at 12 to 1 odds.

Odds don’t win the race and obviously neither did Kyle.

Johnson, the race winner, led a total of 84 laps en route to the win. Starting in the fourth position and at 9 to 1 odds, Jimmie Johnson was able to survive through 10 separate cautions in a race that lasted just under three and a half hours. On the final lap, Johnson was able to hold off Tony Stewart, claiming victory by a less than a second. For Johnson, the win marks his 3rd win in the last four races this season.

There is little doubt that Tony Stewart has the experience and the know how to compete with Johnson’s driving abilities, however that was not enough as Stewart finished just a mere .894 seconds behind Johnson. For Stewart, it would have meant the first win of the 2010 season, and a 12 to 1 payout for bettors following the seasoned veteran.

Finishing in third was Kurt Busch. Originally, Kurt Busch had been listed at 12 to 1 odds, however bettors soon felt better

After Kurt Busch finished in third, it was Greg Biffle finishing fourth. Biffle led a good chunk of the laps on Sunday, 78 to be exact, but was unable to stay up with the leaders as the laps ticked down. While Greg Biffle wasn’t exactly considered a favorite being listed at 16 to 1 odds, he had a solid day, and may have swayed oddsmakers into giving him better odds to win next week at Martinsville.

Rounding out the top 5 was Matt Kenseth. While Kenseth didn’t win the race, he did have a strong showing. His performance was good enough to propel him into the top spot in the NASCAR standings, ahead of Jimmie Johnson and everyone else. Though a win for Kenseth would have been epic, paying bettors 20 to 1 odds, finding himself in the points lead should be enough of a consolation considering that Kenseth was in the top 10 nearly all day.

Just to be able to survive a short track like Bristol is a feat itself, however the excitement isn’t over just yet. This Sunday, March 28th, the Sprint Cup Series will be running another short track at Martinsville, VA., a track that is slightly shorter than Bristol Motor Speedway. Action is sure to be intense, as is the beating and banging that typically comes with a short track race on the NASCAR circuit.

Food City 500 Results – Top 15

1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Tony Stewart
3. Kurt Busch
4. Greg Biffle
5. Matt Kenseth
6. Carl Edwards
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8. Jamie McMurray
9. Kyle Busch
10. Jeff Gordon
11. Kevin Harvick
12. Martin Truex Jr.
13. Brad Keselowski
14. Jeff Gordon
15. Brian Vickers

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