No. 5 – Jimmie Johnson Stretches It Out (2008)
It’s not common at all to see a race won on fuel mileage. The most notorious example of it is obviously the 1989 Daytona 500 when Darrell Waltrip made his last stop for fuel with 53 laps to go and won by drafting off of any car in sight, even the pace car.
This one of Jimmie Johnson at Phoenix in 2008 is another case of it: crew chief Chad Knaus opted to stay out late in the race so that the Californian could take the lead. The caution never fell again and he was able to manage easily his ten-second advantage over second-place finisher Clint Bowyer while driving slowly and safely to the finish.