Johnson Dominates Dover

Jimmie Johnson’s quest for a sixth-championship went into full-effect Sunday afternoon at Dover. Johnson paced the field throughout the day to come away with the victory. It was his fifth win of the season, but more importantly his eighth at Dover making him the all-time leader of victories at the Monster Mile. Passing two legends in Bobby Allison and Richard Petty.

The race may not have begun well for Johnson, but he worked his Dover magic to make the outcome a favorable one for the No.48 team. His teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., began the day on the pole and led many laps in the early going. This race looked very promising for an Earnhardt Jr. victory, but the move that likely cost him the victory occurred under the first round of green-flag pit stops when he missed pit road. By carrying too much speed on his approach to the pits, he missed the entrance costing him valuable time. That misfortune was beneficial for Johnson who assumed the lead following the round of stops.

A debris caution on lap 165 led to more pit stops and it was Matt Kenseth beating Johnson off of pit road to take over the top spot. Kenseth’s turn out front didn’t last too long, however since Johnson regained the lead on lap 198.

Johnson led for the most part from that point on in the race in route to victory. A wrench was thrown in his path when the yellow flag appeared for debris with 31 laps to go. Pit strategy varied under the caution, but Johnson was able to remain out front. He had to hold off a hard charge from Earnhardt Jr. on the restart, but he did so in a commanding fashion.

There really wasn’t a choice for Johnson coming into Dover. He needed to perform well at arguably his best track to stay in contention for the championship. He did so and this win will push his closer to the Chase lead. Matt Kenseth remains on top for now, but Johnson will carry momentum from this win through the next few weeks. Johnson is only warming up for his run at the Sprint Cup and he will only get better and better as the season winds down.

Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER MANUFACTURER

LAPS

MONEY

START

LED

PTS

BONUS

PENALTY

1 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet

400

 

8

243

48

5

0

2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet

400

 

1

80

43

1

0

3 Joey Logano Ford

400

 

11

0

41

0

0

4 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet

400

 

16

3

41

1

0

5 Kyle Busch Toyota

400

 

14

30

40

1

0

6 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet

400

 

12

0

38

0

0

7 Matt Kenseth Toyota

400

 

2

36

38

1

0

8 Ryan Newman Chevrolet

400

 

3

6

37

1

0

9 Greg Biffle Ford

400

 

19

0

35

0

0

10 Clint Bowyer Toyota

400

 

23

1

35

1

0

11 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet

400

 

7

0

33

0

0

12 Brian Vickers Toyota

400

 

22

0

0

0

0

13 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet

399

 

20

0

31

0

0

14 Jeff Burton Chevrolet

399

 

25

0

30

0

0

15 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota

399

 

10

0

29

0

0

16 Marcos Ambrose Ford

398

 

24

0

28

0

0

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford

398

 

15

0

27

0

0

18 Paul Menard Chevrolet

398

 

21

0

26

0

0

19 Mark Martin Chevrolet

397

 

29

0

25

0

0

20 Denny Hamlin Toyota

397

 

18

0

24

0

0

21 Kurt Busch Chevrolet

397

 

9

0

23

0

0

22 Aric Almirola Ford

397

 

5

0

22

0

0

23 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet

397

 

13

0

21

0

0

24 Casey Mears Ford

395

 

26

0

20

0

0

25 David Ragan Ford

395

 

27

0

19

0

0

26 AJ Allmendinger Toyota

395

 

17

0

18

0

0

27 Cole Whitt Toyota

394

 

33

0

0

0

0

28 David Reutimann Toyota

394

 

39

0

16

0

0

29 Danica Patrick Chevrolet

394

 

31

0

15

0

0

30 David Gilliland Ford

393

 

28

1

15

1

0

31 Travis Kvapil Toyota

392

 

30

0

13

0

0

32 Ryan Truex Chevrolet

392

 

36

0

0

0

0

33 Dave Blaney Chevrolet

391

 

40

0

11

0

0

34 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet

390

 

32

0

10

0

0

35 Carl Edwards Ford

385

 

4

0

9

0

0

36 Timmy Hill Ford

381

 

42

0

8

0

0

37 Brad Keselowski Ford

355

 

6

0

7

0

0

38 Landon Cassill Chevrolet

275

 

37

0

0

0

0

39 Joe Nemechek Toyota

168

 

41

0

0

0

0

40 Tony Raines Chevrolet

154

 

43

0

0

0

0

41 Reed Sorenson Ford

139

 

35

0

0

0

0

42 Josh Wise Ford

128

 

38

0

0

0

0

43 Michael McDowell Ford

107

 

34

0

1

0

0

 

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