Jimmie Johnson Wins in Emotional Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
Sunday, October 31, 2004
Jimmie Johnson held off a charging Mark Martin in an emotion-filled Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Johnson dedicated his win to the 10 victims of last weekend's plane crash.
"We want to win every race that we come to, but today we just wanted to try to honor this race and dedicate it to our lost friends," Johnson said. "It doesn't change anything and we don't get back our friends. But it sure makes us all fell a little better to be able to do something like this."
Martin was the class of the field for most of the day, leading 227 laps. But in the end, it was Johnson who pulled away from the field and earn the sentimental win.
"I know Mark had a dominant car, but things happen for a reason," Johnson said. "I had 10 angels riding on this race car."
Roush Racing driver Carl Edwards finished third in just his 10th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start, a career best. Joe Nemechek and rookie Kasey Kahne rounded out the top 5.
Dawsonville's Bill Elliott finished 22nd.