Richard Childress Racing's Austin Dillon, Hendrick Motorsports' Chase Elliott, Stewart-Haas Racing's Aric Almirola, Roush Fenway Racing's Ryan Newman and Stewart-Haas Racing's Daniel Suarez rounded out the top 10 by finishing in sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th place in their #3 Chevrolet, #9 Chevrolet, #10 Ford, #6 Ford and #41 Ford, respectively. "There's been a lot of new things going on; extremely excited to win".
"It's really good for Chad to come out of the box with he and William to sit on the front row, " Hendrick said.
New Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Obaika Racing made a 2019 sponsor announcement on February 6 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., and still seemed prepared to contest the entire 2019 Cup Series schedule.
Johnson topped Sunday's Clash after contact between he and Paul Menard in a battle for the lead resulted in the multi-car crash that collected most of the field in turn three.
Johnson for a year has insisted he can still win a record eighth championship, and now he must do it with first-year Cup crew chief Kevin Meendering. Two of them will make it, and the other two won't. "It shows that we've got speed in our race cars". "Hopefully, it goes well next Sunday".
Paul Menard started on the pole after winning a random draw, and led the way for the first eight laps until the race was red-flagged for rain. So I don't know what caused it. "So for this week and the success that we had today in qualifying and today on track, absolutely, it was a great sign for the week ahead." said Johnson. "I wanted to do a insane burnout but I wanted to take it in". I've lost plenty this way. So I don't know - it's plate racing. "Certainly, hate to see all these cars tore up".
Kurt Busch, who was riding behind both of them, said Johnson stayed in Menard's "no zone" too long, referring to his left-rear quarterpanel, which is what sucked him into the No. 48. "There's a strong foundation there, and the team really works well together". "And that's why we end up single-file a lot is just trying to make sure we're making our move because sometimes your final - your move is your last move because the cars are so unstable".
"Knowing the rain's coming". Ironically enough, he didn't enter victory lane the way he would after any normal points Cup race either, as he walked over to Gatorade Victory Lane high-fiving fans as his crew wheeled the No. 48 Chevrolet, with its new Ally Bank paint scheme, into the gated checkered pavilion.
But as the kids say, 'it be that way sometimes'.