Jimmie Johnson thought he needed a victory to jump back into contention for the Nextel Cup championship. He got it, and it still wasn't enough. Johnson won the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night -- leading teammate Jeff Gordon across the finish line for a 1-2 finish for Hendrick Motorsports -- but gained almost no ground in the Chase for the Championship. On a night in which almost all 10 of the championship contenders had some sort of trouble, Kurt Busch and Gordon rebounded the best. The two bounced back from a wreck in the first turn of the first lap to salvage stellar finishes and retain their hold on the top of the point standings. Busch finished fourth and now holds a 24-point lead over Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished third. Gordon, who also had a second minor accident midway through the race, is 74 points back. Despite a series of bad break to most of the contenders, nine of the 10 finished 14th or better. That meant Johnson, whose victory gave him a season sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway, gained just one spot in the standings. The Lowe's-sponsored driver is eighth, 222 points behind Busch, because of finishes of 32nd or worse the past two weeks It made no difference to Johnson, who celebrated becoming the first driver to sweep the Lowe's races since the late Dale Earnhardt did it in 1986 with a series of burnouts. "What a way to come back and right the ship after the bad luck we've had," Johnson said.

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Fin St Car Driver Make Sponsor Pts/Bonus Laps Status
1 9 #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's/HMS 20th Anniv. 185/5 334 Running
2 23 #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont/HMS 20th Anniv. 170/0 334 Running
3 25 #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser/MLB World Series 170/5 334 Running
4 21 #97 Kurt Busch Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools/Sharpie 165/5 334 Running
5 8 #01 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet U.S. Army/G.I. Joe 160/5 334 Running
6 39 #88 Dale Jarrett Ford UPS 150/0 334 Running
7 5 #38 Elliott Sadler Ford Combos 151/5 334 Running
8 24 #42 Jamie McMurray Dodge Texaco/Havoline 142/0 334 Running
9 35 #30 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AOL/RCR 35th Anniversary 138/0 334 Running
10 15 #20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 134/0 334 Running
11 36 #17 Matt Kenseth Ford DeWalt Power Tools 130/0 334 Running
12 31 #40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Prilosec 132/5 334 Running
13 12 #6 Mark Martin Ford Viagra 129/5 334 Running
14 1 #12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 126/5 334 Running
15 11 #32 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevrolet Tide 118/0 333 Running
16 41 #21 Ricky Rudd Ford Motorcraft/U.S. Air Force 115/0 332 Running
17 34 #18 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 112/0 332 Running
18 19 #31 Robby Gordon Chevrolet Cingular/RCR 35th Anniversary 109/0 332 Running
19 43 #0 Ward Burton Chevrolet NetZero 106/0 331 Running
20 3 #41 Casey Mears Dodge Target/SpongeBob SquarePants 103/0 331 Running
21 30 #49 Ken Schrader Dodge Schwan's Home Service 100/0 331 Running
22 20 #14 John Andretti Ford VB/APlus at Sunoco 97/0 330 Running
23 16 #77 Brendan Gaughan * Dodge Jasper Engines & Transmissions 94/0 329 Running
24 29 #09 Johnny Sauter * Dodge Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts 91/0 329 Running
25 40 #5 Terry Labonte Chevrolet Kellogg's/HMS 20th Anniv. 88/0 328 Running
26 42 #22 Scott Wimmer * Dodge Caterpillar 85/0 327 Running
27 32 #45 Kyle Petty Dodge Georgia-Pacific/Brawny 82/0 326 Running
28 6 #15 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts 79/0 319 Out of Race
29 22 #4 Jimmy Spencer Chevrolet Lucas Oil Products 76/0 310 Out of Race
30 13 #19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dodge Dealers/UAW 73/0 277 Out of Race
31 14 #2 Rusty Wallace Dodge Miller Lite 70/0 274 Running
32 2 #9 Kasey Kahne * Dodge Dodge Dealers Mopar/UAW 77/10 267 Out of Race
33 18 #16 Greg Biffle Ford National Guard/Subway 64/0 265 Running
34 38 #84 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST/HMS 20th Anniv. 61/0 264 Out of Race
35 33 #43 Jeff Green Dodge Cheerios/Betty Crocker 58/0 238 Out of Race
36 7 #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Goodwrench/RCR 35th Anniversary 55/0 221 Out of Race
37 10 #99 Carl Edwards Ford Canteen Vending/Kraft Foods 52/0 218 Out of Race
38 4 #10 Scott Riggs * Chevrolet Valvoline 49/0 30 Out of Race
39 27 #137 Kevin Lepage Dodge Carter's Royal Dispos-all 46/0 25 Out of Race
40 17 #25 Brian Vickers * Chevrolet GMAC/HMS 20th Anniv. 43/0 23 Out of Race
41 37 #113 Greg Sacks Dodge ARC Dehooker/Vita Coco 40/0 10 Out of Race
42 26 #50 Jeff Fuller Dodge Arnold Development Companies 37/0 7 Out of Race
43 28 #251 Tony Raines Chevrolet Marathon Oil/Chase 34/0 2 Out of Race