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"They're really good, but they're really, really lucky too," Harvick said of the No. 48 team.
"Yes, we were lucky today," Johnson said. "But you don't get lucky and win four championships and 48 races."
Mark Martin, Johnson's Hendrick teammate, finished fourth, followed by Joey Logano and Kurt Busch. Matt Kenseth started 20th and finished seventh with new crew chief Todd Parrott on his pit box, the best result for Roush Fenway Racing, which had won the last five February races in California.
Earnhardt Ganassi teammates Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya started on the front row.
After passing polesitter and Daytona 500 champion McMurray, Montoya led the first lap and stayed in front until Johnson went under to pass him on the 30th lap.
Montoya was down to 15th place on lap 140 when his engine blew. McMurray finished 17th.
With his late lucky break, Johnson has won five times in the last 11 Cup races. Now he needs to go find one of his new firesuits.
On the podium after winning at California, someone pointed out to Johnson that he had on a racing uniform that labeled him a three-time Sprint Cup champion. He sneaked a peek under his jacket to look at his firesuit.
"It does, it's an old uniform," Johnson said, smiling. "It was in the closet. I put the last one on in the closet."
If Johnson keeps driving like he did Sunday, and getting the lucky breaks, those new suits could already be outdated by the end of the year.
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