Jimmie Johnson, driving the #48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet, wins the 46th Annual FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks continuing his domination at Dover International Speedway extending his record with 10 victories at the one mile concrete track Sunday.
Johnson has four wins for the 2015 season with his other victories coming at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway. This is his third win at Dover in the four races and 10th in 27 races at the Monster Mile. Johnson has 74 career victories in 484 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
“Gosh, just driving hard, working that trackbar adjuster as much as I could,” Johnson said in victory lane. “Trying to be smart with my line and I guess guys with two tires weren’t all that fast. Chad (Knaus, crew chief of the #48) said something to me about that on the radio and they never really came. The 4 (Kevin Harvick) and I did just fine on our old tires and held those guys off.”
Johnson becomes the fifth driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to have 10 or more wins at a single track joining NASCAR Hall of Famers: Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt. Johnson has now led 2,999 laps at Dover International Speedway, the most of any driver.
Johnson passed Harvick late in the race on the restart and continued to hold off challengers through the final two on track crashes that brought out the yellow flag, when Denny Hamlin went around after Clint Bowyer turned Hamlin sideways, Hamlin slid back up the track into the #41 of Kurt Busch.
Johnson took the outside lane and was able to clear Harvick a second time diving into Turn 1, just as Johnson was about to take the white flag, the caution came out when Casey Mears got tagged by Greg Biffle, and collected A.J. Allmendinger, extending the race into NASCAR’s version of overtime the Green-White-Checker. Johnson once again took the outside lane beside his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne, with Harvick behind Johnson, both drivers in the #4 and #48 were on older tires as Kahne slid backwards Johnson and Harvick battled for the top spot.
Harvick would finish second, followed by Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola as the top-five finishers. Martin Truex Jr., led the most laps of the race, finished sixth, Jamie McMurray finished seventh, Paul Menard finished eighth, Clint Bowyer finished ninth, and Jeff Gordon finished tenth.
Johnson and Harvick have finished first and second, 13 times with Johnson finishing in the top spot eight times.
The next NASCAR Sprint Cup series race will be at Pocono Raceway, known as The Tricky Triangle for the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400, qualifying will be Friday, June 5, with coverage on Fox Sports 1 at 4:30 p.m. ET. With the race on Sunday, June 7, coverage for the race will be on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 1 p.m. ET.