At any given NASCAR Sprint Cup race there is a finite number of drivers who will contend for the win. At Texas, winning was critical for the top drivers in the standings, but after a wild battle it was Jimmie Johnson who was first to take the checkered flag.
Winning is priority No. 1 for any driver able to run in the lead pack with spoilers lurking throughout the field. The unexpected caution can be game-changing.
With Texas leaving just two races to settle the battle for the championship, it was inevitable that the top two drivers in the standings were going to pull out all the stops.
Let's review some of the factors that enabled Johnson to win against Brad Keselowski in the AAA Texas 500.