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NASCAR Charlotte 2016 results: Full finishing order for Bank of America 500

The six-time champion is primed for another title run after Sunday’s win.

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In an attrition-filled race that left many championship contenders scrambling, Jimmie Johnson avoided any problems and took a big step towards a seventh Sprint Cup title Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Johnson won the Bank of America 500, his third victory of the season and 78th of his career. More importantly, he's now locked into the semifinal round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup regardless of how he finishes the next two weeks. Since NASCAR introduced the knockout playoff format in 2014, Johnson's never made it past the second round.

After an unusually rough regular season stretch that included only one top-10 finish over 10 races and a career-low amount of laps led, Johnson's performance has improved considerably since the Chase began last month. He led a sizable number of laps in two of the first three playoff races, with only pit road penalties preventing him from reaching victory lane.

On Sunday, Johnson was again fast and this time was mistake free. He led a race-high 155 laps and won by nearly 1.5 seconds over second-place Matt Kenseth. The win snapped Johnson's career-long 24-race winless streak.

"It was not fun to experience after all that we have been through but we have seen the cars get stronger, better, and faster," Johnson said. "We were able to execute all day long here."

Kasey Kahne finished third, with Ryan Newman fourth and Kyle Larson fifth. Completing the top 10 were Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, and Jamie McMurray.

While Johnson rejoiced knowing he wouldn't have to concern himself with the Round 2 elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway -- "That is massive, I am so happy about that," he said -- other Chasers endured various setbacks that put them in more precarious positions.

Kevin Harvick had an electrical problem that ended his day, so he finished 38th. Two tire failures sent Joey Logano into the wall, and he finished 36th. Denny Hamlin's engine blew as he was running second with 26 laps left. And though Kenseth and Keselowski finished in the top 10, each had to rally from pit road penalties.

"Things happen. It's part of racing, but we're not out," Logano said. "We're not gonna die. This team is resilient. We've proved it before and we'll just have to go out and prove it again. We just have to have two flawless races. It's something we can make up."

The biggest incident of the day saw playoff drivers Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott involved in a multi-car accident in which Dillon crash heavily into the inside front stretch wall. The carnage began when Martin Truex Jr. bumped Dillon, lined up second, on a restart with 76 laps remaining that spun Dillon with the field then stacking up behind him.

Dillon and Elliott's cars sustained extensive damage and were unable to continue. Also suffering damage, though minor, were the cars of Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards, all of whom are in the 12-driver Chase. Neither Dillon nor Elliott were injured.

The second event of the three-race Round 2 Chase is Oct. 16 at Kansas Speedway, then the final leg is Oct. 23 at Talladega, where the lowest four ranked drivers are eliminated. Hamlin holds the final transfer position by three points over Elliott.


Finish Start Driver Make Laps Status Led
1 11 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 334 Running 155
2 17 Matt Kenseth Toyota 334 Running 5
3 12 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 334 Running 0
4 21 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 334 Running 1
5 25 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 334 Running 0
6 4 Kyle Busch Toyota 334 Running 1
7 20 Brad Keselowski Ford 334 Running 0
8 23 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 334 Running 0
9 5 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 334 Running 0
10 16 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 334 Running 0
11 13 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 334 Running 0
12 8 Carl Edwards Toyota 334 Running 0
13 7 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota 334 Running 0
14 22 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 334 Running 0
15 33 Aric Almirola Ford 334 Running 0
16 26 Chris Buescher Ford 334 Running 0
17 31 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 334 Running 2
18 27 Trevor Bayne Ford 334 Running 0
19 32 Landon Cassill Ford 334 Running 0
20 15 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Ford 333 Running 0
21 35 Regan Smith Chevrolet 333 Running 0
22 30 Brian Scott Ford 333 Running 0
23 34 David Ragan Toyota 331 Running 0
24 37 Michael Annett Chevrolet 330 Running 0
25 24 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 329 Running 0
26 38 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 328 Running 0
27 36 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 327 Running 0
28 39 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 321 Running 0
29 40 Josh Wise Chevrolet 320 Running 0
30 9 Denny Hamlin Toyota 308 Engine 52
31 18 Ryan Blaney Ford 307 Running 0
32 19 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 258 Crash 0
33 3 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 258 Crash 103
34 28 Paul Menard Chevrolet 258 Crash 0
35 14 Greg Biffle Ford 257 Crash 0
36 10 Joey Logano Ford 254 Running 3
37 6 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 252 Crash 0
38 1 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 155 Engine 12
39 2 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 61 Crash 0
40 29 Casey Mears Chevrolet 61 Crash 0