Johnson bounces back at the ‘Monster Mile’

Jimmie Johnson wins at Dover

Jimmie Johnson wins at Dover

Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson has hit back in this year’s title chase with victory in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Johnson picked up his fifth victory of the season, his record eighth at the Monster Mile and the 65th of his career.

Johnson held-off a determined Dale Earnhardt Jr. who at the final round of pit stops took four tyres, while Johnson took right-side rubber only. Earnhardt Jr. climbed from fourth place on the re-start with 26 laps remaining to be on Johnson’s bumper by the back straight.

Johnson kept his cool as he did enough to beat home his Hendrick Motorsports team-mate.

The result put a dent in the points lead of Matt Kenseth, who crossed the line in seventh place. Johnson has closed to within eight points of Kenseth.

Joey Logano ran third, followed by Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch, as Chase drivers claimed the top 10 finishing positions.

Kasey Kahne (13th place) suffered engine problems with 10 laps to go, the second week in a row he failed to finish on the lead lap. While Carl Edwards was the lowest-finishing Chase contender after he left the track to head to the garage as the race wound down because of a broken left-rear hub.

Last year’s champion and Dover winner Brad Keselowski was forced to the garage after a failure in the rear-end housing.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose finished 16th.

RESULTS: AAA 400 – Dover International Speedway

POS

Car #

driver

MFG

Start Pos.

Laps

Laps Led

Final Status

Points

Bonus Points

1

48 Jimmie Johnson 48 8 400 243 Running 48 5

2

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 1 400 80 Running 43 1

3

22 Joey Logano 22 11 400 0 Running 41 0

4

24 Jeff Gordon 24 16 400 3 Running 41 1

5

18 Kyle Busch 18 14 400 30 Running 40 1

6

29 Kevin Harvick 29 12 400 0 Running 38 0

7

20 Matt Kenseth 20 2 400 36 Running 38 1

8

39 Ryan Newman 39 3 400 6 Running 37 1

9

16 Greg Biffle 16 19 400 0 Running 35 0

10

15 Clint Bowyer 15 23 400 1 Running 35 1

11

1 Jamie McMurray 1 7 400 0 Running 33 0

12

55 Brian Vickers 55 22 400 0 Running 0 0

13

5 Kasey Kahne 5 20 399 0 Running 31 0

14

31 Jeff Burton 31 25 399 0 Running 30 0

15

56 Martin Truex Jr 56 10 399 0 Running 29 0

16

9 Marcos Ambrose 9 24 398 0 Running 28 0

17

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 15 398 0 Running 27 0

18

27 Paul Menard 27 21 398 0 Running 26 0

19

14 Mark Martin 14 29 397 0 Running 25 0

20

11 Denny Hamlin 11 18 397 0 Running 24 0

21

78 Kurt Busch 78 9 397 0 Running 23 0

22

43 Aric Almirola 43 5 397 0 Running 22 0

23

42 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 13 397 0 Running 21 0

24

13 Casey Mears 13 26 395 0 Running 20 0

25

34 David Ragan 34 27 395 0 Running 19 0

26

47 AJ Allmendinger 47 17 395 0 Running 18 0

27

30 Cole Whitt 30 33 394 0 Running 0 0

28

83 David Reutimann 83 39 394 0 Running 16 0

29

10 Danica Patrick 10 31 394 0 Running 15 0

30

38 David Gilliland 38 28 393 1 Running 15 1

31

93 Travis Kvapil 93 30 392 0 Running 13 0

32

51 Ryan Truex 51 36 392 0 Running 0 0

33

7 Dave Blaney 7 40 391 0 Running 11 0

34

36 J.J. Yeley 36 32 390 0 Running 10 0

35

99 Carl Edwards 99 4 385 0 Running 9 0

36

32 Timmy Hill 32 42 381 0 Running 8 0

37

2 Brad Keselowski 2 6 355 0 Running 7 0

38

33 Landon Cassill 33 37 275 0 Suspension 0 0

39

87 Joe Nemechek 87 41 168 0 Suspension 0 0

40

40 Tony Raines 40 43 154 0 Vibration 0 0

41

95 Reed Sorenson 95 35 139 0 Brakes 0 0

42

35 Josh Wise 35 38 128 0 Brakes 0 0

43

98 Michael McDowell 98 34 107 0 Brakes 1 0

STANDINGS

Position

driver

Points

Behind

Starts

WINS

Top 5

Top 10

DNF

1

Matt Kenseth 2149 Leader 29 7 8 16 3

2

Jimmie Johnson 2141 -8 29 5 12 18 1

3

Kyle Busch 2137 -12 29 4 14 18 3

4

Kevin Harvick 2110 -39 29 2 7 15 2

5

Jeff Gordon 2110 -39 29 0 6 14 5

6

Greg Biffle 2108 -41 29 1 4 12 0

7

Ryan Newman 2101 -48 29 1 6 14 5

8

Clint Bowyer 2098 -51 29 0 8 15 2

9

Kurt Busch 2094 -55 29 0 9 14 2

10

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2092 -57 29 0 6 16 3

11

Carl Edwards 2084 -65 29 2 8 14 1

12

Joey Logano 2083 -66 29 1 9 15 3

13

Kasey Kahne 2071 -78 29 2 8 11 3

14

Jamie McMurray 819 -1330 29 0 3 7 0

15

Brad Keselowski 799 -1350 29 0 7 12 2

16

Martin Truex Jr. 781 -1368 29 1 6 12 3

17

Paul Menard 768 -1381 29 0 2 7 1

18

Aric Almirola 741 -1408 29 0 1 5 4

19

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 727 -1422 29 0 0 2 0

20

Jeff Burton 724 -1425 29 0 2 6 2

21

Marcos Ambrose 721 -1428 29 0 0 5 2

22

Juan Pablo Montoya 714 -1435 29 0 4 7 0

23

Casey Mears 597 -1552 29 0 0 1 2

24

Tony Stewart 594 -1555 21 1 5 8 0

25

Denny Hamlin 552 -1597 25 0 3 4 7

26

David Ragan 542 -1607 29 1 1 1 3

27

Mark Martin 530 -1619 22 0 1 5 1

28

Danica Patrick 529 -1620 29 0 0 1 4

29

David Gilliland 498 -1651 29 0 1 1 6

30

Dave Blaney 441 -1708 28 0 0 0 4

31

Travis Kvapil 401 -1748 29 0 0 0 8

32

David Reutimann 395 -1754 29 0 0 0 6

33

J J Yeley 382 -1767 28 0 0 1 7

34

A J Allmendinger 378 -1771 16 0 0 1 2

35

David Stremme 362 -1787 25 0 0 0 3

36

Bobby Labonte 347 -1802 23 0 0 0 5

37

Timmy Hill 153 -1996 15 0 0 0 2

38

Michael McDowell 138 -2011 26 0 0 1 22

39

Michael Waltrip 102 -2047 3 0 2 2 0

40

Scott Speed 99 -2050 12 0 0 1 9

41

Ken Schrader 92 -2057 8 0 0 0 1

42

Terry Labonte 77 -2072 4 0 0 0 1

43

Boris Said 48 -2101 2 0 0 0 0

44

Ron Fellows 31 -2118 2 0 0 0 0

45

Alex Kennedy 21 -2128 3 0 0 0 2

46

Justin Marks 14 -2135 1 0 0 0 0

47

Scott Riggs 11 -2138 7 0 0 0 7

48

Victor Gonzalez Jr 10 -2139 2 0 0 0 1

49

Brian Keselowski 9 -2140 2 0 0 0 2

50

Tomy Drissi 8 -2141 2 0 0 0 1

51

Jacques Villeneuve 3 -2146 1 0 0 0 1

52

Jason Leffler 1 -2148 1 0 0 0 1

53

Landon Cassill 26 0 0 0 7

54

Reed Sorenson 3 0 0 0 3

55

Paulie Harraka 1 0 0 0 0

56

Tony Raines 6 0 0 0 4

57

Elliott Sadler 1 0 0 0 1

58

Joe Nemechek 26 0 0 0 10

59

Max Papis 1 0 0 0 0

60

Austin Dillon 9 0 0 0 0

61

Regan Smith 6 0 0 2 0

62

Trevor Bayne 9 0 0 0 1

63

Mike Bliss 12 0 0 0 11

64

Ryan Truex 3 0 0 0 1

65

Josh Wise 28 0 0 0 11

66

Johnny Sauter 2 0 0 0 2

67

Brian Vickers 15 1 2 6 4

68

Kevin Swindell 1 0 0 0 0

69

Cole Whitt 2 0 0 0 1

70

Owen Kelly 1 0 0 0 0

71

Morgan Shepherd 1 0 0 0 1

72

Sam Hornish Jr 1 0 0 0 1

73

Justin Allgaier 1 0 0 0 0

74

Brendan Gaughan 1 0 0 0 0

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