Johnson Wins Dover and Stewart Takes Points Lead After Finishing Second

Bryan FlynnAnalyst IMay 31, 2009

DOVER, DE - MAY 31:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, poses in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover but, Tony Stewart replaced Jeff Gordon at the top of the point’s standings. After leading the race for 297 of the 400 laps, Johnson was able to hold off Stewart to get the win.

Gordon finished the race down two laps in 26th place as he lost his points lead that he has had for most of the season.  With Johnson and Stewart first and second, the rest of the top five in the race were Greg Biffle in third, Matt Kenseth in fourth, and Kurt Bush fifth to round out the top five.

Johnson is third in the points and is followed by Kurt bush in fourth place and Ryan Newman to round out the top five in points. After changing crew chiefs in the middle of the week Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes in 12th place and moves up a spot to 18th in the points.

Earnhardt Jr. in a deep hole in trying to make the chase. Only the top 12 drivers are eligible to race for the championship in the last ten races of the season. No driver has come back from as far down as Earnhardt Jr. is to make the chase.