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Johnson Wins Dover For Second Straight Victory

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, June 1 2014

Jimmie Johnson was the winner at Dover on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

Jimmie Johnson arrived in Charlotte, N.C. in mid-May for the Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 with people asking him when he was going to win a race this year. Johnson left Dover, Del. on Sunday with people wondering when he would next lose a race.

Johnson dominated large portions of Sunday’s Sprint Cup event at Dover International Speedway, led a race-best 272 laps and won his second-straight race.

The victory was the 68th of the Hendrick Motorsports driver’s career and ninth at Dover’s Monster Mile. It came a week after he won the 600.

“It was an awesome race car,” Johnson said. “The first run I wasn’t sure we were really going to have the normal Dover magic here. Once the track ‘rubbered’ in our car came to life and it was so good. It’s amazing that we can stay on top of things here with the different generation car, different rules, different tires. This place just fits my style and (crew chief) Chad Knaus’ style.”

Brad Keselowski finished second while Matt Kenseth was third.

“Kind of ran out of laps there at the end,” Keselowski, who finished .885 seconds behind the winner, said.

“The car was really strong the second half of the race. My guys made great adjustments on it and we drove up to second there. We were pretty equal to Jimmie there but never got a crack at him. I would have liked a shot. It was a decent day for us finishing second and that is something to be proud of but we want one spot more.”

Rounding out the top five were Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin.

Kyle Busch’s bid for a three-race weekend sweep at Dover was crushed when he was ran into the wall by Bowyer on Lap 125. Busch had won the Camping World Truck Series race on Friday and the Nationwide Series race on Saturday.

After hitting the wall, Busch chased Bowyer around the track under yellow until he was ordered to stop by NASCAR officials. Busch had led the first 81 laps of the event.

“I hated to be in that situation with the 18 (Busch),” Bowyer said. “It’s one of those deals where I thought I was clear obviously and wasn’t and ruined his day and certainly didn’t help mine.”

Johnson took over the lead on Lap 82 and held it until he was passed by Kevin Harvick on a restart on lap 140.

Harvick held the lead until he cut a tire on Lap 166. Taking over the lead was Kenseth. On Lap 178, Johnson recaptured the lead and began to pull away.

The five-time champion kept the lead on the track until a debris caution was called with 40 laps to go. Not only did Johnson lose his comfortable 3-plus-second lead, but he came out of the pits second after taking four tires. Grabbing the lead was Clint Bowyer, who took just two tires.

Johnson quickly moved past Bowyer and into the lead on the restart, which came with 34 laps to go. Once again, Johnson began to run away – five laps after teaking the lead, his margin over second-place Kenseth was 1.3 seconds.

Johnson was in control but was denied an easy finish when caution was called with eight laps to go because of debris.

Johnson and the six immediately drivers behind him stayed out while behind that, other contenders pitted.

On the restart, with four laps to go, Johnson kept his lead and began pulling away from Keselowski and that was the race.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks

Dover International Speedway

Dover, Delaware

Sunday, June 01, 2014

1. (4) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 400, $331626.

2. (1) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 400, $245113.

3. (21) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 400, $218416.

4. (10) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 400, $177396.

5. (7) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 400, $136880.

6. (16) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 400, $144878.

7. (20) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 400, $154828.

8. (3) Joey Logano, Ford, 400, $146036.

9. (13) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 400, $115595.

10. (15) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 400, $133559.

11. (5) Kyle Larson #, Chevrolet, 400, $132530.

12. (25) Aric Almirola, Ford, 400, $140496.

13. (19) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 400, $135999.

14. (29) Carl Edwards, Ford, 400, $117510.

15. (6) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 400, $145446.

16. (27) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 400, $126630.

17. (8) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 399, $137418.

18. (24) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 399, $98960.

19. (17) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 399, $114035.

20. (23) Austin Dillon #, Chevrolet, 398, $144021.

21. (11) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 397, $115268.

22. (18) Brett Moffitt, Toyota, 396, $104460.

23. (28) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 396, $103810.

24. (38) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 396, $111318.

25. (22) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 395, $117243.

26. (30) Justin Allgaier #, Chevrolet, 395, $113493.

27. (31) Cole Whitt #, Toyota, 394, $93185.

28. (33) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 390, $92635.

29. (32) David Gilliland, Ford, 388, $109532.

30. (43) Blake Koch(i), Ford, 388, $90835.

31. (14) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 387, $97185.

32. (41) Ryan Truex #, Toyota, 387, $89010.

33. (42) Dave Blaney, Ford, 383, $88860.

34. (36) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 382, $88660.

35. (39) Michael Annett #, Chevrolet, 378, $88435.

36. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 350, $96335.

37. (40) David Stremme, Chevrolet, Overheating, 297, $88151.

38. (12) Greg Biffle, Ford, 292, $127110.

39. (37) JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 232, $78535.

40. (35) Alex Bowman #, Toyota, Accident, 208, $74535.

41. (26) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, Accident, 131, $106360.

42. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Accident, 125, $120176.

43. (9) Brian Vickers, Toyota, Engine, 73, $95110.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 117.724 mph.

Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 23 Mins, 52 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.885 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 8 for 41 laps.

Lead Changes: 18 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Keselowski 0; Kyle Busch 1-81; J. Johnson 82-126; C. Bowyer 127; J. Johnson 128-139; K. Harvick 140-158; M. Kenseth 159; K. Harvick 160-164; M. Kenseth 165-177; J. Johnson 178-222; M. Kenseth 223; J. Johnson 224-240; M. Kenseth 241; J. Johnson 242-322; M. Kenseth 323; J. Johnson 324-361; B. Keselowski 362; C. Bowyer 363-366; J. Johnson 367-400.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): J. Johnson 7 times for 272 laps; Kyle Busch 1 time for 81 laps; K. Harvick 2 times for 24 laps; M. Kenseth 5 times for 17 laps; C. Bowyer 2 times for 5 laps; B. Keselowski 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 16 in Points: M. Kenseth – 463; J. Gordon – 461; C. Edwards – 438; J. Johnson – 436; D. Earnhardt Jr. – 429; J. Logano – 414; Kyle Busch – 411; B. Keselowski – 404; D. Hamlin – 379; K. Larson # – 377; R. Newman – 374; K. Harvick – 373; B. Vickers – 366; P. Menard – 362; A. Dillon # – 358; G. Biffle – 357.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, June 1 2014
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