May 12, 2012; Darlington, SC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson (48) celebrates winning the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE
Darlington, SC (Sports Network) - Jimmie Johnson gave team owner Rick Hendrick his long-awaited 200th win in NASCAR's premier series by taking Saturday night's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Johnson, the five-time Sprint Cup Series champion, led the most laps with 133 but had to gamble on fuel in the late-stages and then held off Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart in a green-white-checkered finish for the win.
Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports also ended a 16-race winless streak. Johnson gave the racing organization its 199th win in Cup last October at Kansas Speedway.
Hamlin finished 0.8 seconds behind Johnson in the runner-up spot, while Stewart took the third position. Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top-five.
Danica Patrick, making just her second Sprint Cup start, finished six laps behind in 31st. She started 38th.
Despite finishing 12th, Greg Biffle remained atop the point standings. Matt Kenseth placed sixth and trimmed his Roush Fenway Racing teammate's lead to just two points.
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