With the help of a friend!! Lifting him when he felt down. Dale Jr did not put himself first, he knew the importance of the bump drafting.
Seeing that Bowyer may have a run to his outside, Gordon slides up one lane in an attempt to use the side draft to slow their advance. At that moment, Johnson makes the decision that ultimately wins the race. He veers sharply to the inside of both two-car drafts and Earnhardt is able to catch up quickly and get back in a position to push. Johnson's left-side tires appear to touch the yellow line.
I was like, 'Oh, no! Block 'em, block 'em, block 'em!
-- CLINT BOWYER
Johnson: "I just chilled out and sat in their draft and as we came off of [Turn] 4, those two groups were occupied trying to side draft each other and racing each other at the top, covered up. As we started rolling up on them, I shot down to the bottom, and with the help from Earnhardt we were able to surge by out of the tri-oval coming out of the bottom because they kind of left it open there."
We can all learn how important it is to have the friend to lift and push us along...but in return we need to also be the friend who can push the load. You may not be the one getting the recognition or the glory but can sit back and smile knowing that it could not have happened with out you....