Johnson gets historic win at Dover

Ross Houston
June 6, 2017

48 Chevrolet led Sunday's race just seven laps, but got the checkered flag under caution as a multicar crash ended the race on its lone overtime attempt.

Many fans could have nearly seen this win coming on Saturday, when Johnson unveiled a special commemorative driver's helmet featuring images of Yarborough, a Hall of Famer and a three-time NASCAR Cup champion in the 1970s.

"I was a big Cale Yarborough fan", Johnson said.

Busch and Keselowski have a deep history of dislike, and Keselowski said there are other ways - productive ways - to express a desire to win. He wore a helmet painted in tribute to Yarborough. Johnson was glued to the set as he sat on a dirty old couch at home in El Cajon, California.


It's the 11th trophy for the seven-time champion at Dover, a series record to go along with over 3,000 laps led. I really thought when I walked in the door that I was going to Cale Yarborough's race shop. It was very disappointing.

"Those people that are close to me understand me and know me and know who I am outside the race track as a personable person, as a friend".

The deeper we get into this NASCAR season, the more I'm buying into the regular-season championship. Truex also won the second stage, with Johnson, Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Larson, Harvick, Chase Elliott, Blaney, Jones, and Kahne in tow. Grala won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. "I was a lot better than Jimmie was". "Probably the best of all time". He pitted during the caution and restarted the race in the third position while Ty Dillon restarted with the lead and Newman was in second. He has won twice in his career at Dover with an average finish of 14.708 and a driver rating of 105.4. He now joins Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip as one of three drivers to win 11 or more races at a single track. He goes to Pocono next week with a nine-point advantage over Larson.

A four-time victor last season, Busch has gone a whopping 28 races without a Cup victory dating to the Brickyard 400.


Stage Two Winner: Martin Truex Jr.

The two top rookies, Suarez and Jones, both now sit inside the top 20 of the points standings, and both have a real shout of making the playoffs - whether on points or by taking a win. He just has obviously a lot more experience than I do out on the front row late in races and executed a lot better than I did.

He showed why Dover remains a favorite stop of his. Get your lineups locked in, and good luck conquering the "Monster Mile". The NASCAR rulebook states: "Loss of wheel (s) due to improper installation will result in a mandatory minimum four-race suspension of the crew chief and the tire changer and tire carrier of the lost wheel (s)".

Brad Keselowski was sent to the garage early for a second straight week, colliding with Kurt Busch around 70 laps into the race.


Busch said that his demeanor isn't going to change at age 32, suggesting that reprises of the petulant post-race behavior he displayed following a second-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 are entirely possible.

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