Jimmie Johnson showed his ability to proceed and succeed with caution. There were six "watch yourself" flags in the NASCAR FedEx 400, but none bigger than the one caused by this 13-car mess on Lap 9. It claimed the hopes of Tony Stewart, Landon Cassill, (in my sarcastic voice) everyone's favorite driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, Regan Smith and others.
Thankfully there were no serious injuries, but this certainly set the tone for a caution-filled race.
The wreck was seemingly unavoidable for most, if not all of the cars involved. Cassill told Lee Spencer of Fox Sports after the race:
"I actually didn't even feel (Tony Stewart) touch me," Cassill said. "I don't know if he did. Tony is one of the most patient drivers and especially in this part of the race. I was just passed by the 1 (of Jamie McMurray) and I was trying to dime in the corner a little bit more. He was just barely there. If he got me, if he even touched me or if he didn't, when there's a car there it gets you real loose and I was already loose."
The incidents came in bunches. The big one took place early in the race, but the rest of the issues happened after the 111th lap. It was a survival of the fittest and most fortunate in Dover, so it should surprise no one that Johnson came out on top.
The 36-year-old had won five consecutive Sprint Cup Series titles before finishing sixth in 2011. With this his second win in 13 starts, Johnson now sits in fifth in the Sprint Cup standing, 33 behind leader Greg Biffle.
The Pocono 400 is next up on the schedule, taking place June 8-10, and I'm sure all the drivers are hoping for a cleaner race.
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