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Johnson continues to roll with win at Dover

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Sunday, June 03, 2012

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Everything happens in NASCAR for a reason.  Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Madagascar Chevrolet, wears a rainbow wig.  Many times a new sponsor sits on the pole or wins the race in NASCAR
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The Hendrick Motorsports juggernaut is back.

Driving away from Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth after a restart with 31 laps left in Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson made short work of his Sprint Cup rivals.

Johnson, who led 289 laps, picked up his second victory of the season, in addition to a win in the Sprint All-Star Race on May 19, and his second victory in the past three points races. Hendrick drivers now have won four consecutive races, including the All-Star event.

The victory was the 57th of Johnson's career, eighth most all-time. His seventh win at Dover tied Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most at the high-banked, 1-mile concrete track.

Harvick came home second, 2.550 seconds behind Johnson. Kenseth ran third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer. Greg Biffle retained his series lead by one point over Kenseth with an 11th-place finish.

Those who have decried the recent lack of caution flags in Cup races got more than their fill on Lap 9, when contact Tony Stewart and Landon Cassill triggered a 12-car pileup off Turn 2.

Regan Smith ducked to the inside and tried to power past Stewart but couldn't clear the No. 14. Nine other cars stacked up behind Cassill, Stewart and Smith, blocking the track and necessitating a stoppage of 19 minutes, 54 seconds while track workers cleaned up the mess.

Smith blamed himself for the wreck, but Stewart was magnanimous in relieving Smith of responsibility.

"I got into the back of the No. 14 and started the whole thing," Smith said. "I'll take full blame for that. Somehow they got checked up in front of me. I just didn't have time to get slowed up with it. I hate that there are so many wrecked race cars here. It's not fun for anybody."

Stewart's take on the accident was quite different.

"The No. 83 [Cassill] was trying to get back down to the bottom and we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Stewart said. "It wasn't Regan's fault. He was right behind us and he didn't have anywhere to go either. Just not a real good deal at the beginning of the race like this."

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's Madagascar 48/5 400 Running
2 6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy Johns 42/0 400 Running
3 5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Best Buy 42/1 400 Running
4 17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / Diet Mtn. Dew / National Guard 41/1 400 Running
5 4 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 39/0 400 Running
6 12 43 Aric Almirola Ford Jani-King / Smithfield 38/0 400 Running
7 18 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 37/0 400 Running
8 11 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 36/0 400 Running
9 13 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 35/0 400 Running
10 21 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 34/0 400 Running
11 7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Heilind (EMD) 33/0 400 Running
12 16 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 32/0 400 Running
13 14 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 32/1 400 Running
14 1 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 31/1 400 Running
15 3 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 29/0 400 Running
16 23 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 28/0 400 Running
17 20 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Pittsburgh Paints 27/0 400 Running
18 10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight / Autism Speaks 27/1 400 Running
19 24 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Allstate 25/0 400 Running
20 22 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products 24/0 399 Running
21 28 34 David Ragan Ford MHP / 8 Hour Alert 24/1 398 Running
22 15 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet BB&T 22/0 364 Engine
23 42 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 21/0 348 Running
24 9 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 20/0 338 Engine
25 29 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 19/0 331 Running
26 19 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 18/0 318 Running
27 26 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / CSX "Play it Safe" 17/0 306 Running
28 31 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 16/0 296 Running
29 8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 15/0 202 Engine
30 38 32 Reed Sorenson Ford FAS Lane Racing 0 124 Accident
31 39 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 13/0 110 Engine
32 41 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 12/0 65 Accident
33 32 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 11/0 63 Overheating
34 34 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 10/0 41 Overheating
35 37 33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 9/0 29 Accident
36 36 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 0 23 Steering
37 43 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 7/0 21 Vibration
38 27 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 6/0 9 Accident
39 35 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 0 9 Accident
40 30 38 David Gilliland Ford Autism Speaks 4/0 9 Accident
41 40 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 3/0 8 Accident
42 33 98 Michael McDowell Ford Phil Parsons Racing 2/0 8 Accident
43 25 179 Scott Speed Ford Team Kyle / Koma Unwind 1/0 8 Accident

* Denotes Rookie

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