Jimmie Johnson easily managed three late restarts that helped send the race past its scheduled distance Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway, driving away to his series-leading fourth win of the season. It’s also the six-time champion’s tenth victory on “The Monster Mile,” easily topping the track’s all-time win list. Among active drivers, Jeff Gordon is second with five.
Johnson beat runner-up Kevin Harvick to the checkered flag by a half-second with Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola completing the top five. Johnson started fourteenth and led just once all day – the final twenty-three laps in the Number-48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Johnson’s seventy-fourth career Cup Series victory lifted him from fifth to third in the 2015 regular-season standings. He trails leader Harvick by seventy-six points.
Martin Truex Junior led a race-high 131 laps and finished sixth to maintain his hold on second place. He’s forty-four points off the pace heading into the next race next weekend in Pocono, Pennsylvania … With the win, Johnson becomes the first driver with back-to-back victories in Dover’s springtime Cup Series race since Hall of Famer Bobby Allison won two straight in 1982 and 1983.
Chevrolet claimed the top four finishing positions in Sunday’s race and eight of the top ten. The only non-Chevy cars in the top ten were Almirola’s Ford and Clint Bowyer’s Toyota, which placed ninth.
Sunday’s race included fifteen lead changes among nine drivers. There were seven cautions for forty laps.