NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) – Jimmie Johnson led a race-high 156 laps in Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and turned in another solid performance in the Lone Star State. But it wasn’t enough for the five-time Sprint Cup champion.
“Yeah, man, second sucks,” Johnson said after his runner-up finish to Greg Biffle. You can understand Johnson’s frustration. Despite running well since his opening week problems at Daytona, the Hendrick Motorsports driver has yet to find Victory Lane. In fact, you have to go back to the fall to find the last time the No. 48 Chevrolet crossed the finish line first.
He’s come close. Saturday night was heading in the right direction until Biffle ran him down. Two weeks ago Johnson appeared to be in great shape at Martinsville until some late race fireworks swept him up in an accident with teammate Jeff Gordon.
Although he was disappointed about not sealing the deal in Texas, the Martinsville turn of events really frustrated Johnson. “Martinsville, because we’re much closer to the end,” Johnson said comparing the two. “But they’re both frustrating. The racer in me wants to win. We’ve been really close over the last five or six months. You look through last year even through different points, leading a lot of races and didn’t execute at the end for whatever reason. It’s nice to be running well. It’s nice to be in this position. But I want to get back to our winning ways really soon.”
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