The five-time champion won the first 20-lap segment of the sprint All-Star race, then rode around at the back of the field for the next 60 laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway. His plan was to stay out of trouble, and make his play for the win in the fifth and final segment. The new format this year set it up so that the winners of the first four segments would be the first four drivers down pit road for a mandatory stop before the 10-lap sprint to the finish.
Jimmie Johnson cruises to 3rd NASCAR win
May 20, 2012, Sunday/ 15:06:00