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Jimmie Johnson Wins the AAA 400



It was a historic day in Dover for Jimmie Johnson and the Hendrick 48 team. Johnson tied Cale Yarborough for 6th on the all time Cup Series wins list with his 83rd career victory on Sunday. This was also Johnson’s record 11th win at Dover International Speedway, his first since 2015.

It was a difficult day from the start for Johnson. He started in the rear due to a gearbox change. Johnson also started from the rear for his recent wins at Homestead and Texas. Stages 1 and 2 went to Martin Truex Jr and the 78 team, he showed his dominance again at his home track. Kyle Larson also showed that he had a fast car, leading over 200 of the 400 laps.

The day was defined by cautions and short runs; the race was paused 14 times by a yellow flag. A yellow came out with 4 laps remaining, setting up NASCAR Overtime. Larson was leading on the overtime restart, but spun his tires, giving Johnson the advantage into turn 1. A major wreck happened behind Johnson and Larson, as Ty Dillon spun from the 4th position, collecting several of the top running cars. Since Johnson had passed the Overtime Line, a race-ending caution was brought out.

The remainder of the top 10 finishers on Sunday were Larson, Truex, Ryan Newman, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick.

In his Victory Lane interview, Johnson busted out a vintage Hardee’s Racing #28 hat, paying homage to Yarborough. Johnson’s helmet for the day also featured a collage of Cale and many of his 83 wins. This marks Johnson’s 3rd win for the season, most of any driver. Sunday also marks the halfway point to the NASCAR Playoffs. 13 of 26 Regular Season races have are down. The next race is the Axalta 400 from Pocono Raceway.