Jimmie Johnson wins 11th at Dover, tying Cale Yarborough for sixth in all-time wins
Seven-time NASCAR champ fought back from the rear of the field
Jimmie Johnson edged out overall laps leader Kyle Larson in overtime at Dover on Sunday, extending his wins record at the track to a dominant 11 victories. The race ended on a caution as Johnson's No. 48 reached the overtime line just before the yellow flag came out, which automatically secured him the win.
The seven-time NASCAR champion started from the rear of the field due to a gear issue and has now won two of his last three races from the back of the pack. Johnson's series-leading third win is the 83rd of his career, tying him with legendary driver Cale Yarborough for sixth all-time.
Martin Truex Jr., who won at Dover last year, took the first two stages Sunday. The No. 78 team has thrived in stage racing, leading the series with eight midrace wins. Brad Keselowski was sent to the garage early for a second straight week, colliding with Kurt Busch around 70 laps into the race. Busch tried to give it another go only to see his tire explode a few laps later, ending his bid for a second career win at the Monster Mile.
Tire trouble seemed to be an issue for both brothers in the first stage as Kyle Busch lost a left rear after leaving pit road early under caution, forcing him to battle for position the rest of the race.
Adam Stevens, Busch's crew chief, could be facing a four-race suspension due to a rule NASCAR implemented in 2015 regarding loss of tires. Any suspension would be announced next week.
Here's how the top 10 finished:
1. Jimmie Johnson (7 laps led); 2. Kyle Larson (241 laps led); 3. Martin Truex Jr. (102 laps led); 4. Ryan Newman (1 lap led); 5. Chase Elliott; 6. Daniel Suarez; 7. Jamie McMurray (2 laps led); 8. Denny Hamlin; 9. Kevin Harvick; 10. Danica Patrick.
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