Johnson ties Yarborough with Dover win

Monday 5th June, 2017 - 8:15am

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Johnson wore a Cale Yarborough tribute helmet in the race

An overtime win for Jimmie Johnson at Dover has seen his score his 83rd career victory and time Cale Yarborough on the all-time list.

Johnson passed Kyle Larson on a green-white- chequered finish to also take his 11th victory at the Dover International Speedway.

Johnson led just twice for a total of seven laps in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism, he was out front when a multicar crash occurred after he passed the overtime line on the back straight ahead of the final lap.

“To be here and tie him (Yarborough) at 83 wins is amazing,” said Johnson.

“We just got the tribute helmet. I wasn’t sure how quickly we’d be, or if we’d be able to go there, and get it done. But, Cale, you’re the man. Thank you for all you have done for our sport.

“When I was growing up in southern California racing dirt bikes I was a big Cale Yarborough fan. We travelled across the country to race in the Amateur Nationals heading to Oklahoma, we stopped at a Hardees I walked in thinking I would meet Cale Yarborough and left with a burger. So, it opened my eyes to the world of sponsorship at that point in time, but I was such a fan and it’s been an amazing journey along the way.

“It was a huge honor to tie him with three consecutive championships a few years back and then to be here at 83 wins and a day where things played out in such an awkward and weird fashion just very happy that we’ve got it done.

“To my 83 wins, I’m just so proud that it’s come with one owner, one sponsor, one manufacturer, one crew chief, one team, this is a very special journey this whole Hendrick Lowe’s team has been on.”

Johnson came from the back after his Hendrick Motorsports team made an unapproved pre-race gear change.

The final restart denied Larson, who led six times for a race-high 241 laps, but made a poor getaway at the green flag.

Martin Truex Jr. led three times for 102 laps, but was shuffled back after a Lap 343 caution flag fell during a pit-stop cycle. He rallied to finish third, Ryan Newman and Chase Elliott completed the top five.

Rookie Ty Dillon, who rose into contention with a timely late caution period, led 27 laps and was poised for his first career top-five finish. However, he spun on the backstretch which brought out the race ending caution.

Truex added to his stockpile of playoff points by winning the first and second stages, running his season total of stage wins to eight — most in the series.

There was a number of incidents in the race including pole-sitter Kyle Busch who left the pits without his left-rear wheel properly attached. After an extra pit stop to replace the errant wheel and repair fender damage on the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota, Busch recovered to race into the top five. However, a late unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel with 38 laps left saw him finish 16th.

A Lap 65 crash derailed Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch. Busch lost control racing alongside Larson on a restart, forcing Keselowski into the outside wall. Keselowski was done for the day in 38th place, finishing next to last for the second straight week. Kurt Busch continued with damage, but was sidelined 30 laps later by a more severe solo wreck that left him with a 37th-place result.

VIDEO: Race recap

RESULTS: AAA 400 Drive – Dover International Speedway

Pos # Driver Make Laps Laps Led
1 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 406 7
2 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 406 241
3 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 406 102
4 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 406 1
5 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 406  0
6 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 406  0
7 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 406 2
8 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 406  0
9 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 406  0
10 10  Danica Patrick Ford 406  0
11 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 406  0
12 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 406  0
13 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 406  0
14 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 406 27
15 77  Erik Jones Toyota 406  0
16 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 405 19
17 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 404  0
18 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 404  0
19 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 404 4
20 15  Ross Chastain Chevrolet 403  0
21 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 402  0
22 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 402  0
23 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 402  0
24 23  Gray Gaulding Toyota 402  0
25 22  Joey Logano Ford 402  0
26 83  Ryan Sieg Toyota 400  0
27 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 400  0
28 66  Timmy Hill Chevrolet 398  0
29 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 397  0
30 38  David Ragan Ford 393  0
31 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 391  0
32 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 373  0
33 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 343  0
34 43  Regan Smith Ford 329  0
35 51  Cody Ware Chevrolet 283  0
36 34  Landon Cassill Ford 257  0
37 41  Kurt Busch Ford 93  0
38 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 66  0
39 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 62 3
STANDINGS
Pos
Driver
Pts
Behind
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Martin Truex Jr.
545
Leader
2
13
5
9
0
2
Kyle Larson
536
-9
1
13
6
8
1
3
Kevin Harvick
429
-116
0
13
4
8
3
4
Kyle Busch
416
-129
0
13
5
6
1
5
Jamie McMurray
415
-130
0
13
1
8
0
6
Jimmie Johnson
414
-131
3
13
3
5
0
7
Brad Keselowski
410
-135
2
13
7
9
1
8
Chase Elliott
398
-147
0
13
4
7
1
9
Denny Hamlin
361
-184
0
13
2
6
0
10
Clint Bowyer
349
-196
0
13
2
5
0
11
Joey Logano
348
-197
1
13
6
8
1
12
Matt Kenseth
327
-218
0
13
3
5
1
13
Ryan Blaney
320
-225
0
13
2
4
1
14
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
299
-246
1
13
3
5
1
15
Ryan Newman
299
-246
1
13
2
5
0
16
Kurt Busch
291
-254
1
13
1
6
0
17
Trevor Bayne
287
-258
0
13
0
2
0
18
Erik Jones
283
-262
0
13
0
2
0
19
Daniel Suarez
278
-267
0
13
0
4
0
20
Kasey Kahne
270
-275
0
13
2
3
0
21
Austin Dillon
263
-282
1
13
2
2
0
22
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
228
-317
0
13
1
2
0
23
Ty Dillon
228
-317
0
13
0
0
0
24
Paul Menard
201
-344
0
13
1
2
0
25
Aric Almirola
188
-357
0
11
2
3
0
26
Chris Buescher
186
-359
0
13
0
0
0
27
Michael McDowell
173
-372
0
13
0
0
0
28
AJ Allmendinger
168
-377
0
13
1
2
0
29
David Ragan
165
-380
0
13
0
1
0
30
Danica Patrick
154
-391
0
13
0
1
0
31
Cole Whitt
154
-391
0
13
0
0
0
32
Landon Cassill
138
-407
0
13
0
0
0
33
Matt DiBenedetto
132
-413
0
13
0
1
0
34
Corey LaJoie
82
-463
0
12
0
0
0
35
Gray Gaulding
74
-471
0
12
0
0
0
36
Reed Sorenson
63
-482
0
11
0
0
0
37
Jeffrey Earnhardt
60
-485
0
13
0
0
0
38
Michael Waltrip
29
-516
0
1
0
1
0
39
Derrike Cope
22
-523
0
8
0
0
0
40
Cody Ware
3
-542
0
2
0
0
0
41
D.J. Kennington
1
-544
0
1
0
0
0
42
Brendan Gaughan
0
-545
0
2
0
0
0
43
Elliott Sadler
0
-545
0
2
0
0
0
44
Ross Chastain
0
-545
0
1
0
0
0
45
Joey Gase
0
-545
0
2
0
0
0
46
Regan Smith
0
-545
0
2
0
0
0
47
JJ Yeley
0
-545
0
2
0
0
0
48
Ryan Sieg
0
-545
0
1
0
0
0
49
Timmy Hill
0
-545
0
10
0
0
0
50
Carl Long
0
-545
0
1
0
0
0