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Johnson Looking for Record Dover Dozen

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Jimmie Johnson’s record at Dover International Speedway is amazing, to say the least. The Master of the Monster Mile has 11 wins, 16 top 5s, and 22 top 10s in addition to 3100 laps led in 31 starts. As a result, Dover is the 7-time champion’s best track.

This weekend, Johnson and the Hendrick 48 team are hoping to expand their Dover record. Johnson is looking for his 12th win in Delaware. He also comes into the weekend as the winner of the June Dover race. A win this weekend will guarantee Johnson a spot in round 2 of the Playoffs. It will also give the team much-needed momentum.

If Johnson wins this weekend, he will join Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip in a very exclusive club of 12-time winners at a single track. Petty accomplished this feat at 3 different tracks (Martinsville-15 wins, North Wilkesboro- 13 wins, and Richmond-13 wins), while Waltrip won a record 12 races at Bristol.

Johnson’s win at Dover in June was the most recent trip to victory lane for car number 48. However, in the 15 races since, Johnson has only 4 top 10s, 16 laps led, and 4 DNFs. The 48 team has certainly been a victim of their usual summer slump. The 48 team needs to find more speed and consistency if they want their record 8th championship in 2017.

In the first 2 races of the Playoffs, Johnson has finished 8th and 14th. After Dover, 4 driver’s championship hopes will be over. Johnson is currently 7th on the Playoff grid, with a 32 point cushion above the cut line.

The Apache Hero 400 will be live at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, October 1. Most of all, Dover will serve as the first elimination race in the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs. Coverage will be live on NBCSN, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 1 PM EST.