Before Sunday’s FedEx 400 at Dover Jimmie Johnson appeared during driver introductions wearing a buffy rainbow-colored wig, by the end of the day he would make history.
Before Sunday’s FedEx 400 at Dover Jimmie Johnson appeared during driver introductions wearing a buffy rainbow-colored wig, by the end of the day he would make history. Johnson won Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism for his seventh career victory at Dover. That ties him with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison who all won at the Monster Mile seven times.
Johnson was the lap leader, continuing the trend of the pole-sitter’s failure to win starting the race in the second positions behind Mark Martin who finished 14th.
Sunday’s FedEx 400 started with a bang, and a crash. Just 9 laps in Landon Cassill and Tony Stewart collided starting multiple car crash. There was a stoppage of nearly 20 minutes while crews cleaned up debris and damaged cars were removed from the track.
Cassill, Joe Nemechek, David Gilliland, Casey Mears, Michael McDowell and Scott Speed would all see their days end as a result of the crash.
Tony Stewart was able to rebound but finished 25th.
Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth were in a position to challenge Johnson as the final laps unfolded but were unable to overtake the Lowe’s 48.
This is Johnson’s second win of the season joining Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart with multiple wins this season.
“The way the cautions fell today, it allowed us to really flex our muscle,” said Johnson. “I’m proud of the effort.”
After the race Johnson reflected on his day and the history he made.
“I just truthfully never thought I’d be the guy who would build up any cool stats,” said Johnson. “Here I am with some pretty cool stats with legends of the sport.”
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