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Dehydrated Jimmie Johnson tames Texas track

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jimmie Johnson still knows how to get to Victory Lane at Texas, even from the back of the field on a track that had changed significantly since his first six wins there.

And also while cramping because of dehydration late in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 that he won Sunday after charging under Joey Logano with 16 laps left.

"When I caught Joey and was racing with Joey, I started cramping pretty good on my left side — my chest, and my biceps, my forearm," Johnson said. "I knew I was real low on fluids."

Johnson discovered right after the start that there was a problem with the fluid delivery system in his car. But that and track changes didn't keep him from his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup win this season, and the 81st in his career.

When Johnson's back, chest and arms started to lock up while doing a post-race interview, he went to the infield care center and got three bags of IV fluids.

This was the first Cup race in Texas since the 1½-mile track was repaved and changes made to Turns 1 and 2 this year. It was Johnson's seventh victory at Texas.

Johnson started at the back of the 40-car field because of a tire change after a spin in qualifying. He had qualified 24th.

Kyle Larson finished second for the fourth time this year,; he won in March at Fontana, Calif. Logano, polesitter Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five.

INDYCAR: James Hinchcliffe got his first victory since his near-fatal accident in 2015 by winning a three-lap shootout in the Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.). It was Hinchcliffe's first victory since 2015 at New Orleans, a month before his accident during Indianapolis 500 practice. St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais was second and Josef Newgarden was third.

FORMULA ONE: Lewis Hamilton coasted to victory in the Chinese Grand Prix, claiming his fifth title in Shanghai. Hamilton started from the pole and led the entire race. Sebastian Vettel, who fell well behind early, recovered to finish second, 6.2 seconds back.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup points

Through seven of 36 races, including Sunday at Fort Worth, Texas.

Points Back

1. Kyle Larson 315—

2. Chase Elliott298 17

3. Martin Truex 275 40

4. Brad Keselowski 274 41

5. Joey Logano 243 72

6. Ryan Blaney 224 91

7. Kyle Busch 211 104

8. Jaime McMurray209 106

9. Clint Bowyer 204 111

10. Kevin Harvick 198 117

11. Jimmie Johnson 190 125

12. Trevor Bayne 164 151

13. Ryan Newman 163 152

14. Erik Jones 159 156

15. Kurt Busch151 164

16. Denny Hamlin151 164

Dehydrated Jimmie Johnson tames Texas track 04/09/17 [Last modified: Sunday, April 9, 2017 9:09pm]
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