Johnson takes Cup lead with dominating Texas win; Bowyer is 10th
Updated On: Nov 03 2013 06:09:42 PM CST
Jimmie Johnson led 255 of 334 laps for a dominating victory Sunday that put the five-time champion back in the Chase for the Sprint Cup lead with two races left in the season.
Matt Kenseth and Johnson arrived at Texas Motor Speedway tied in points, though Kenseth was the leader based on his seven wins.
Johnson got his sixth victory this season, becoming only the second three-time Cup winner at Texas. The No. 48 Hendrick team takes a seven-point lead to Phoenix next week.
Kenseth was running second behind Johnson for much of the first half of the race before getting penalized for speeding. That dropped him to 16th place and more than 28 seconds back, though he recovered to finish fourth.
Johnson finished more than 4 seconds ahead of teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who had his fifth runner-up finish this season.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer started toward the back of the field, but raced his way up to a tenth place finish. Despite the top 10 finish, Bowyer dropped on spot in the Championship standings to seventh, 69 points behind the leader Johnson, but just seven points behind fifth place Jeff Gordon.