Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) has recorded numerous memorable victories in his career and he added another to that list with Sunday's win in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Johnson earned the 700th all-time victory for Chevrolet in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, which includes 60 by him and his No. 48 Lowe's team."The significance of 700 wins for Chevrolet is really huge for Hendrick Motorsports," Johnson said. "It's also big for me. The only thing I've ever raced throughout my career has been a Chevy. They gave me my first opportunity back when I was 15 years old and put me in an off-road stadium truck to help develop a new truck that was coming along. And I've been with them ever since. So, it's very cool to hit this landmark number for Chevy and I'm very proud of the efforts."
"I think this is a pretty big deal", added Chad Knaus, Johnson's crew chief. "We have a long relationship with Chevrolet and we've won a lot of races with them. We were able to clinch the Manufacturer's Cup Championship for Chevy last week in Martinsville; and to be able to come back this weekend and get win the 700th victory I think is really cool. Hendrick Motorsports is extremely dedicated to the product of Chevrolet and to be able to do that is an honor."
Chevrolet earned its first win March 26, 1955 when Fonty Flock won at Columbia (S.C.) Raceway in his '55 Chevy.