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Perfect 10: Jimmie Johnson Wins Yet Again at Dover

Perfect 10: Jimmie Johnson Wins Yet Again at Dover

by May 31, 2015 0 comments

DOVER, Del. — With his win in the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Jimmie Johnson has joined an elite group of drivers who have earned 10 or more wins at a single track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Notching his 10th career win at Dover and the 74th of his career, the driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet claimed his fourth victory of the year after taking the lead with 23 laps to go and holding on to cross the finish line 0.435 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Kevin Harvick.

When reflecting on the significance of his win in today’s 400-lap (extended to 405) race, Johnson says that the accomplishment was not on the forefront of his mind entering the race weekend.

“Man, I really don’t think about those things,” Johnson said.”  “I’m very thankful for the opportunity that I’ve had at Hendrick Motorsports, the amazing people I’ve had to work with, the support from our sponsor Lowe’s, Chad [Knaus], Rick [Hendrick.]  All of those things and the fact that I sit in that 48 car has allowed me to win the 10 races here and have this great opportunity at history with Dale’s [Earnhardt] win total.

“But it’s not something that I said, yeah, I’m going to go do that.  It’s not a goal that I put out in front of myself.  It’s right there in front of me, so I look at it and think, wow, this is incredible, what an opportunity.”

Rounding out the top-10 of the race standings behind Johnson and Harvick were Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon.

15 lead changes amongst nine drivers took place during the race with Truex Jr. leading the way for a majority of the event with 131 circuits led around the mile-long oval.

Three of the leaders from the race, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, found themselves in trouble late in the race as Busch, who led seven laps, was knocked out of the race after an accident on Lap 377 with Brian Scott.

Bowyer and Hamlin, who combined to lead 119 laps, came together on Lap 387 after contact between the drivers cars sent the No. 11 FedEx Cares Toyota around off of Turn 2. As Hamlin attempted to correct his car off the corner, his Toyota veered to the right and clipped the left rear of Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Chevrolet, sending this year’s Richmond winner around. Bowyer drove on unscathed from the incident.

Five other cautions flew during the race including one for debris and one for an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Roush Fenway Racing teammates Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. found themselves in trouble in separate wrecks in today’s race with Stenhouse bringing out the second caution of the day for a solo incident, Bayne the third of the day for an accident with HScott Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett, and Biffle in the final caution of the day for an incident with A.J. Allmendinger and Casey Mears.

Heading into next Sunday’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway, Harvick will take a commanding 44-point lead over Truex Jr.

Top-10 Finishers of the FedEx 400

  1. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports
  2. 4 – Kevin Harvick – Chevrolet – Stewart-Haas Racing
  3. 42 – Kyle Larson – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing
  4. 5 – Kasey Kahne – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports
  5. 43 – Aric Almirola – Ford – Richard Petty Motorsports
  6. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – Chevrolet – Furniture Row Racing
  7. 1 – Jamie McMurray – Chevrolet – Chip Ganassi Racing
  8. 27 – Paul Menard – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing
  9. 15 – Clint Bowyer – Toyota – Michael Waltrip Racing
  10. 24 – Jeff Gordon – Chevrolet – Hendrick Motorsports

Top-16 in the Drivers Standings after Round 13 of 36

  1. 4 – Kevin Harvick – Stewart-Haas Racing – 516 | Leader | TWO WINS
  2. 78 – Martin Truex Jr. – Furniture Row Racing – 472 | -44
  3. 48 – Jimmie Johnson – Hendrick Motorsports – 440 | -76 | FOUR WINS
  4. 22 – Joey Logano – Team Penske – 440 | -76 | ONE WIN
  5. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Hendrick Motorsports – 432 | -84 | ONE WIN
  6. 2 – Brad Keselowski – Team Penske – 414 | -102 | ONE WIN
  7. 1 – Jamie McMurray – Chip Ganassi Racing – 390 | -126
  8. 5 – Kasey Kahne – Hendrick Motorsports – 385 | -131
  9. 24 – Jeff Gordon – Hendrick Motorsports – 380 | -136
  10. 43 – Aric Almirola – Richard Petty Motorsports – 378 | -138
  11. 20 – Matt Kenseth – Joe Gibbs Racing – 377 | -139 | ONE WIN
  12. 27 – Paul Menard – Richard Childress Racing – 372 | -144
  13. 31 – Ryan Newman – Richard Childress Racing – 369 | -147
  14. 11 – Denny Hamlin – Joe Gibbs Racing – 345 | -171 | ONE WIN
  15. 41 – Kurt Busch – Stewart-Haas Racing – 340 | -176 | ONE WIN
  16. 19 – Carl Edwards – Joe Gibbs Racing – 338 | -178 | ONE WIN

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Photo credit: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images

 

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