FedEx 400 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

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FedEx 400 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

With the 2012 FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway whipping the auto-racing world into a frenzy, the excitement over one of the coolest tracks on the circuit housing the wild boys of NASCAR is palpable.

At a track as wild as Dover, there is a chance that anyone could win with a solid car and tons of luck. Drivers need to be as lucky as they are good Sunday.

Keep it here for reaction, leaders and post-race analysis from Bleacher Report as the race kicks off and a winner is crowned.

 

UPDATE: June 3, 5:10 p.m. ET by Austin Green

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Jimmie Johnson has done it again.

The man behind the No. 48 Lowe's car won the 2012 FedEx 400 after dominating for more than half the race. Johnson led for 289 laps, including the final 76.

It was his 57th career victory and moved him into fifth place in the points standings.

He also pulled off the victory by rocking this awesome multicolored wig. CBS Sports is having an unofficial caption contest for the photo, so feel free to throw your best effort in the comments section below.

Right behind Johnson was Kevin Harvick. Harvick finished in second place, his highest finish in 23 career starts at Dover. Rounding out the top five were Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer, who earned his second top-five finish of the year. 

Jeff Gordon, who led for 60 laps and may have had the best car in the race, finished in a disappointing 13th place. Jeff Burton also had a promising race turn south, as he blew out his engine with just 37 laps to go. He was in ninth place at the time.

Click here for the complete results of the 2012 FedEx 400.

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Where: Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.

 

When: Sunday, June 3, 12:30 p.m. ET

 

Watch: FOX

 

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Listen: Motor Racing Network

 

Starting Order

1. Mark Martin

2. Jimmie Johnson

3. Ryan Newman

4. Clint Bowyer

5. Matt Kenseth

6. Kevin Harvick

7. Greg Biffle

8. Kyle Busch

9. Kurt Busch

10. Denny Hamlin

11. Joey Logano

12. Aric Almirola

13. Kasey Kahne

14. Jeff Gordon

15. Jeff Burton

16. Brad Keselowski

17. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

18. Martin Truex Jr.

19. Carl Edwards

20. Paul Menard

21. Marcos Ambrose

22. Bobby Labonte

23. A.J. Allmendinger

24. Jamie McMurray

25. Scott Speed

26. Regan Smith

27. Landon Cassill

28. David Ragan

29. Tony Stewart

30. David Gilliland

31. Juan Montoya

32. David Stremme

33. Michael McDowell

34. J.J. Yeley

35. Joe Nemechek

36. Mike Bliss

37. Stephen Leicht

38. Reed Sorenson

39. David Reutimann

40. Casey Mears

41. Dave Blaney

42. Travis Kvapil

43. Scott Riggs

 

Drivers to Watch

 

Mark Martin

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There is a chance every single week that NASCAR veteran Mark Martin could steal the show and win the race. When you have been racing since the 1980s, you always have the edge in experience.

Now this statistic is going to sound made up, but Martin has 30 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top-10s at Dover over his career. That’s more than most racers have ever even raced on the track.

They say age brings wisdom, so Martin should be Dover’s Socrates with all that experience and success.

 

Greg Biffle

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There has been no better driver in 2012 so far than Greg Biffle. With the points lead and plenty of momentum, Biffle will be a factor in this race unless he wrecks.

Biffle has two wins at Dover, but it will be the success he had with his team this year that gives the veteran driver the edge on Sunday. This is Biffle’s race to lose.

After starting in the No. 7 spot, Biffle should be able to work to the front and avoid traffic all day.

 

Predicted Winner: Kasey Kahne

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After a huge win last weekend at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, Kasey Kahne and the Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 will look to continue that success on one of the toughest tracks on the circuit.

Many have called the concrete terror dome Bristol on steroids, but there is so much more speed at Dover that it is an entirely different animal.

While Kahne’s track record isn’t perfect at Dover (four career top-fives in 16 starts), the fact that his team is hitting on all cylinders and he has a good car are reasons enough for him to win.

 

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