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Jimmie Johnson Wins At Dover Speedway

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If ever there was a time for Jimmie Johnson to win a race, it was at a track where he knows the way to victory lane.

Johnson had shared the record for victories at Dover International Speedway with Bobby Allison and Richard Petty, but after winning on Sunday for the eighth time, he has that record all to himself. Johnson held off teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. down the stretch to stay within reach of Chase leader Matt Kenseth.

Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch completed the Top 5. The entire Top 10 were Chase drivers. Kevin Harvick came in sixth, followed by Kenseth, with Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer completing the Top 10.

Earnhardt had the pole and had one of the fastest cars, but he misjudged pit road, had to go around again and gave up the lead early in the race. He was able to make up the time, but couldn’t catch Johnson.

So after three races, Kenseth holds on to the points lead but fell short of becoming the first driver to win the first three Chase races. Jimmie Johnson is eight points back, with Kyle Bush 12 back.

Next on the schedule is Kansas Speedway on Sunday.

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