Jimmie Johnson wins the 2014 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

It took 25 attempts, but Jimmie Johnson finally scored a victory at Michigan International Speedway.

The list of tracks where Jimmie Johnson hasn't won was reduced following a victory Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Previously the 2-mile oval had vexed Johnson, one of five tracks where he was winless. But thanks to deft strategy and an ability to max his fuel mileage, Johnson was able to create distance between himself and second-place finisher Kevin Harvick.

Brad Keselowski finished third, Paul Menard was fourth and Kasey Kahne placed fifth. Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer completed positions six through 10.

Johnson was 0-for-24 prior to Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 win. Chicagoland Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Watkins Glen International remain the only tracks where the defending Sprint Cup champion remains winless.

"We have figured out every way to lose this race," Johnson said. "And today we were able to get it done.

"We've always talked about winning here and have been so close."

The win continues a torrid stretch for Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson has won three of the past four races, and it was the fifth in a row for Hendrick.

Overall, six of the top-10 finishers were powered by Hendrick engines.

"I think it is obvious that Hendrick Motorsports produces fast race cars," Johnson said. "They build fast engines. It doesn't matter if it is Stewart-Haas, or the Hendrick organization. We're winning a lot of races, and running up front."

Starting from the pole, Harvick led the most laps and was faster than Johnson in the closing stages. But a slow final pit stop cost Harvick track position that he never regained.

"The car was fast, just wound up on the wrong side of all the strategy," Harvick said. "We finished second, and that's it."

More from SBNation.com

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.