Rumors of Jimmie Johnson’s demise, apparently, were greatly exaggerated.
Johnson captured his second consecutive Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday afternoon, winning the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, holding off the field in a race that featured eight yellow and two red flags.
The six-time Sprint Cup Champion has historically done well on Dover’s Monster Mile, adding a fourth FedEx 400 crown to his nine overall victories on the track.
Brad Keselowski, who shattered the course record in qualifying on Friday and sat on the pole, struggled early with car troubles, but he rallied over the second half of the race for a second-place finish.
Matt Kenseth finished third.
The race's eight caution flags chewed up 41 laps, and two red flags caused significant delays.
The first red flag came out on lap 134 when teammates Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. collided, leaving a significant amount of debris on the track and forcing a clean up by track crews.
The second, which lasted over 22 minutes, came on a caution during lap 161, when Jamie McMurray rolled over a piece of loose concrete on the track, damaging his car and forcing track repairs.
Crews were forced to fill the hole with quick-drying cement, which held up fine for the remainder of the race.
The Sprint Cup Series returns to action next Sunday afternoon for the Pocono 400 at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.
Johnson, who will be looking for a third straight victory, won the Pocono 400 last season.