NASCAR at Atlanta 2016: Live Results and Analysis from the QuikTrip 500

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2016

HAMPTON, GA - FEBRUARY 28:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the
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Jimmie Johnson's late-race gambit led him to an overtime victory in Sunday afternoon's Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The trip to Victory Lane is the 76th of Johnson's career and ties him for seventh all time with the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.

The win was the result of some gritty driving from Johnson and a gutsy call from his crew chief Chad Knaus.

Knaus called his driver down pit road earlier than most of the field and with just under 50 laps to race, a risky move given Atlanta's notoriously rough racing surface that eats up tires, a move that allowed the 48 to cycle to a big lead over Kevin Harvick.

Harvick, who led a race-high 131 laps and was in control for much of the day, was not able to make up the huge gap and couldn't find his way past Johnson when a spin from Ryan Newman brought the second caution flag of the day with three laps remaining and forced overtime.

He finished sixth.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second behind Johnson, who has won this race in back-to-back years and has five-career wins at Atlanta.

Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five finishers.

NASCAR begins its West Coast swing next Sunday with the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.