Johnson recovers from penalty to finish in the top 10

By James Jackson
July 16, 2017

Jimmie Johnson overcame a penalty at the start of the Overton’s 301 Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to finish tenth.

Johnson, the seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, was penalized for “passing the pole sitter before the initial start” a drive-through penalty he served on lap three.

“I guess I just got it wrong at the start,” Johnson said. “I went off the flag and forgot that the pole sitter has to be the first one to the stripe; so I’ll take the responsibility on that one.”

After serving the penalty, Johnson managed to stay on the lead lap in 39th position. By the competition caution on lap 35, Johnson managed to race his way to the 29th position. At the conclusion of stage one, Johnson rallied from his early mistake and finished the stage in 12th position.

Johnson finished the end of stage two fifth, giving him six stage points.

Johnson started stage three in fifth but wasn’t in the mix to challenge for the lead early in the final stage. He finished 10th for his first top 10 in four races.

“It was a decent day,” Johnson said. “We got a top 10 and we’ll take that. We’ve had a couple not so good lately, so it’s nice to get a respectful finish.” IMAGES Chris Trotman/Getty Images SOURCES

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