Kurt Busch defeats Johnson at Dover

Busch leads Johnson late in the going

Busch leads Johnson late in the going

Kurt Busch has moved into title contention after beating Jimmie Johnson to victory in the AAA 400 at Dover.

Busch, whose only prior win this season came on the road course at Sonoma, beat the five-time defending champion on the final two restarts before easing away to victory.

Having endured a difficult run last time out at New Hampshire, the win sees Busch elevated to fourth in the championship standings – just nine points behind Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards.

Johnson held out Edwards for second in the race, with the Roush Fenway Ford driver appearing a likely victor save for a mid-race pit road penalty.

Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, A.J. Allmendinger and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top eight, while Australian Marcos Ambrose passed Harvick for ninth on the final lap.

Erstwhile championship leader Tony Stewart endured a difficult day, eventually finishing two laps down in 25th position. The Stewart-Haas driver, who won the Chase’s opening two races, now sits third in the standings, tield on points with Busch.

Fellow ‘Chaser’ Brad Keselowski also struck trouble, with a wayward power steering belt contributing to a 20th place finish.

Race 30 of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take place at Kansas next weekend.

See below for the AAA 400 race result

FIN

ST

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 47/1 400 Running
2 6 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 44/2 400 Running
3 4 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 42/1 400 Running
4 9 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 40/0 400 Running
5 18 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 40/1 400 Running
6 5 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 39/1 400 Running
7 7 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 38/1 400 Running
8 27 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 36/0 400 Running
9 12 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 35/0 400 Running
10 22 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem “Chasing the Cure” 35/1 400 Running
11 13 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 34/1 400 Running
12 34 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 32/0 400 Running
13 14 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 31/0 400 Running
14 30 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 30/0 400 Running
15 23 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 29/0 400 Running
16 3 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 28/0 400 Running
17 16 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 27/0 400 Running
18 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 26/0 400 Running
19 17 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 25/0 400 Running
20 15 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 25/1 400 Running
21 19 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 23/0 399 Running
22 24 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 22/0 398 Running
23 20 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army ROTC 21/0 398 Running
24 21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 20/0 398 Running
25 28 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 19/0 398 Running
26 8 Bobby Labonte Toyota Grilling.com / Kingsford 18/0 398 Running
27 10 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Cubitron 17/0 397 Running
28 36 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 16/0 397 Running
29 33 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 15/0 397 Running
30 1 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 15/1 396 Running
31 25 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today 0 395 Running
32 41 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 12/0 395 Running
33 37 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services 11/0 394 Running
34 43 J.J. Yeley Ford Drive Sober, Arrive Alive 10/0 390 Running
35 39 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 9/0 366 Running
36 40 Mike Bliss Ford Street King 0 346 Accident
37 26 Josh Wise Ford Max Q Motorsports 0 56 Brakes
38 38 Reed Sorenson Dodge Speed Energy / Mapei / Menards 0 52 Electrical
39 42 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / P&W Stoves 0 49 Clutch
40 35 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 5/1 44 Fuel Pump
41 31 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 3/0 31 Vibration
42 29 Scott Speed Ford Red Line Oil / International Trucks 0 24 Brakes
43 32 Travis Kvapil Ford Front Row Motorsports 0 12 Ignition

 See below for the updated championship points

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

1 Kevin Harvick 2122
2 Carl Edwards 2122
3 Tony Stewart 2113
4 Kurt Busch 2113
5 Jimmie Johnson 2109
6 Brad Keselowski 2108
7 Matt Kenseth 2108
8 Kyle Busch 2107
9 Jeff Gordon 2103
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2088
11 Ryan Newman 2081
12 Denny Hamlin 2054
13 Clint Bowyer 811
14 A.J. Allmendinger 809
15 Greg Biffle 789
16 Mark Martin 775
17 Kasey Kahne 775
18 David Ragan 771
19 Juan Montoya 767
20 Martin Truex Jr. 761
21 Marcos Ambrose 747
22 Joey Logano 744
23 Paul Menard 743
24 Jeff Burton 712
25 Regan Smith 678
26 Brian Vickers 672
27 Jamie McMurray 666
28 David Reutimann 615
29 Bobby Labonte 589
30 David Gilliland 482
31 Casey Mears 413
32 Dave Blaney 381
33 Andy Lally* 370
34 Robby Gordon 245
35 J.J. Yeley 141
36 Tony Raines 129
37 Michael McDowell 104
38 Bill Elliott 100
39 Terry Labonte 92
40 Ken Schrader 87
41 David Stremme 65
42 Boris Said 38
43 Stephen Leicht 20
44 Michael Waltrip 20
45 Andy Pilgrim 18
46 Chris Cook 17
47 T.J. Bell* 14
48 Brian Simo 11
49 Geoffrey Bodine 6
50 Brian Keselowski* 3
51 Erik Darnell 2
52 Steve Park 2
53 Trevor Bayne 0
54 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
55 Landon Cassill 0
56 Steve Wallace 0
57 Mike Skinner 0
58 Mike Bliss 0
59 Travis Kvapil 0
60 Scott Wimmer 0
61 David Starr 0
62 Hermie Sadler 0
63 Ron Fellows 0
64 Patrick Carpentier 0
65 Joe Nemechek 0
66 Scott Speed 0
67 Jason White 0
68 Andrew Ranger 0
69 Sam Hornish Jr. 0
70 Johnny Sauter 0
71 Todd Bodine 0
72 Josh Wise 0
73 Dennis Setzer 0
74 Robert Richardson Jr. 0
75 Reed Sorenson 0
76 Scott Riggs 0
77 Kevin Conway 0
78 P.J. Jones 0
79 Jeff Green 0
80 Derrike Cope 0
81 Tony Ave 0

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