Monday, June 4, 2012

Jimmie Johnson Wins at Dover for Seventh Time

By David Scott
Jimmie Johnson led 289 of 400 laps on Sunday in dominating performance
Charlotte Observer

DOVER, Del. - It’s official: Jimmie Johnson races at Dover International Speedway as well as anybody in NASCAR history.

Johnson turned in a dominant performance Sunday in the FedEx 400 Sprint Cup race, winning at the track for the seventh time in his career. Johnson is now tied with NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for the all-time victories mark at Dover.

“I’ve never been one to pay much attention to stats,” said Johnson, whose stats happen to include five consecutive Sprint Cup titles from 2006-10. “And, truthfully, I didn’t think I was a guy who would ever build up a lot of stats. But here I am with seven wins here and in that very elite company.”

Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet led 289 laps of the 400-lap race and he picked up the maximum 48 championship points. He remains fifth in the Cup standings, but picked up 15 points on leader Greg Biffle, who finished 11th.

Kevin Harvick was second and Matt Kenseth finished third. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, was fourth.

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