Although cramping because of dehydration late in the race at Texas Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson went from the back of the 40-car field to Victory Lane on Sunday to notch his first win of the season and seventh at the revamped track.
When he caught Joey Logano, Johnson said he "started cramping pretty good" on his left side, chest, bicep and forearm," Johnson said. "I knew I was real low on fluids."
In addition, Johnson discovered right after the start of the 334-lap race that there was a problem with the fluid delivery system in his car. But that and the track changes didn't keep him from his first win this season, and the 81st in the career of the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion.
Kyle Larson, the season points leader, finished second for the fourth time this year but also won at California. Logano, pole sitter Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five.
Johnson had to start at the back of the 40-car field because of a tire change after a spin in qualifying. He had qualified 24th.