TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) – Jimmie Johnson was a solemn spectator for Brad Keselowski’s post-race celebration after a disappointing day for Hendrick Motorsports.
Johnson, the six-time and defending NASCAR champion, led nearly half the laps Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. He couldn’t stay up front in a race he had to win to advance to the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Hendrick teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne also dropped out.
Johnson, who led a race-high 84 laps, perched on his car window to watch Keselowski celebrate.
Earnhardt led the second-most laps at 31, but got swept up in contact from Greg Biffle late.
Jeff Gordon is the only Hendrick driver in the final eight.