NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson tames the monster to win record eighth race at Dover
A sunny Sunday afternoon saw the NASCAR Sprint Cup series at Dover International Speedway. Heading into the race the talk was about the top three in the standings; Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and leader Matt Kenseth.
The trio started in the top 15 and all three made their way to the front. Usually the temperamental giant that is Dover is far more aggressive than we saw on Sunday. There were only four cautions and three of them were for debris while the fourth was for fluids from Brad Keselowski car.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. started on the pole and led the most of the first part of the race until green flag pit stops began where Earnhardt missed pit road. Earnhardt lost the lead and fell back to eighth after that cycle of stops.
Kenseth, Johnson and Busch all led along with lead changes under green flag stops.
Some of the Chasers found trouble in Kurt Busch whose team never really had the car he needed to be a factor on Sunday. He was forced to pit road for a loose wheel and never got back on the lead lap.
Carl Edward who was expected to contend at Dover was another driver that struggled with the handling of his car for most of the day. He ended up in the garage to repair a broken hub and came back out on the track to finish 37th.
Kasey Kahne faced engine troubles as the event wound down and he would end up finishing 13th but barely.
Johnson had the best car all day and dominated the second half of the race. He led a race high 243 laps. Fuel mileage was a factor until that final debris caution waved. Johnson would have had to pit but became a moot point when the caution waved.
Johnson went on to win his eighth race at Dover taking over the track record. Earnhardt, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Busch, Kenseth, Kevin Harvick Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 10.
Kenseth still leads the Chase field but the top five are only separated by 39 points heading into Kansas next Sunday on ESPN.