JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS THE INAUGURAL HILLS BROS COFFEE 300

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Excedrin truly is the headache medicine, ask Jimmie Johnson. It?s also the first, first-time winner at Chicagoland Speedway. NASCAR Busch Series driver Johnson and his No. 92 Chevrolet christened Victory Lane on Saturday, winning the Hills Bros Coffee 300 presented by Sam?s Club. It was his first NASCAR Busch Series win in 58 races. ?(The win) means a lot, especially being so close to Wisconsin. I spent a lot of time in the Wisconsin area, racing off-road trucks. To win here and just to win in general, the win at this level,? Johnson said. ?You got Cup drivers, Jeff Green, all these different people and to have a car as competitive as theirs with the limited experience that our team has (owners, crew chief and driver are in second year) for all of it to come together and run as well as we did today, I can say it right now, but it really hasn?t sunk in. I can?t believe we did it.? NASCAR Winston Cup Series regulars Mike Skinner and Jeff Burton, riding double-duty in the NASCAR Busch Series, finished second and third. The two, who will try to win the Tropicana 400 at the track on Sunday, used their time in their Busch rides as a dress rehearsal for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. ?It?s track time and certainly, coming to a race track we?ve never been to before, Mike and I learned some stuff today,? Burton, driver of the No. 9 Gain / Febreeze / Swiffer Ford, said. ?We learned what our car?s going to do if we put it in a certain position? we learned some passing zones today that we didn?t know about before; what would happen if you go onto the apron. What it is we learned, it gets into an experience deal. Tomorrow we?ll do it naturally with somebody else and kind of force them into doing it. So there?s a little bit of an advantage. My setups from one car don?t work to the other. I can?t run a setup in the Cup car that I can in the Busch car. I do it for me, not for setups.? Skinner, who drives the No. 21 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet, agreed. ?Our setup is real similar in the No. 31 car that was in the No. 21 today. We got a few things with the 21 that we wanted to maybe try make a little better, but when our car out front, it was as good as anybody,? Skinner said. ?If the (race) would have stayed green, I think we had the car to beat today.? Pole sitter Ryan Newman led for much of the race, but a blown tire near the end sent him to the back of the pack ? and off the track. NASCAR black flagged Newman?s No. 02 Alltel Ford, penalizing him two laps and six seconds. He finished 26th and three laps down. The race saw six lead changes among six drivers. There were nine cautions for 47 laps. Skinner and Burton said Saturday?s Busch Series opener at Chicagoland Speedway should provide for some fun, exciting racing on Sunday when the Tropicana 400 get under way. Gates for NASCAR Winston Cup Series action open at 8 a.m. Drivers will be introduced around 1 p.m., with the Tropicana 400 scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.
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