Jimmie Johnson proved once again at Dover that he's the master of the Monster Mile.
Just one week after claiming his first checkered flag of the season at the Coca-Cola 600, Johnson annihilated the field on Sunday, leading for 272 laps and winning for the ninth time in his career in the FedEx 400.
NASCAR tweeted out this picture of the No. 48 car:
The victory also marked the 13th time that Johnson has won races on consecutive weekends during his career. Needless to say, Mr. Six Time is definitely back and looks like a favorite for the points championship yet again.
Along with his huge win, JJ also made history with his laps led during the race. Fox Sports' NASCAR Twitter feed notes his monumental feat at Dover:
While Johnson notched his second win in consecutive weeks, Brad Keselowski drove another impressive race and finished second. Though he didn't run down Johnson at the end, Keselowski's run at Dover marked his fifth top-five finish of the season.
Rounding out the top five were Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin, three drivers who stayed near the front of the pack throughout much of the race. Neither Kenseth nor Bowyer has a win on the season, but both have put together strong races all year to remain in contention.
With the FedEx 400 now in the rear-view mirror, let's take a look at the results and standings following the Dover race. Full results can be found at NASCAR.com.
|6||Martin Truex Jr.||0|
|9||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||0|
|Pos.||Driver||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
|5||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||419||1||6||8|
The close of the FedEx 400 was mostly clean, with the majority of laps being run under green flag. But the start was anything but normal for several drivers and teams.
Early on, Brian Vickers was one of the casualties of the Monster Mile. Vickers wasn't collected in a wreck; rather, he simply had engine troubles that ended his day early, per Jeff Gluck of USA Today:
Brian Vickers just blew up. "It's done. I blew up. I did not miss a shift, it was just down on power from the start." #NASCAR— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 1, 2014
Just a few laps later, both Ricky Stenhouse and Greg Biffle were involved in a nasty wreck that left Stenhouse with a mangled car. He had his entire passenger side quarter panel taken off in the accident.
The wreck resulted in a red-flag caution, pausing the entire field for a while as officials worked to eliminate the debris on the track. Bob Pockrass of Sporting News and Motor Racing Network provided further details:
Stenhouse tells MRN his car was really, really loose ... didn't really lay blame on anyone. #nascar— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 1, 2014
Jamie McMurray was next to bring out the caution flag.
McMurray ducked down into a turn on Lap 159 and ran over a huge piece of concrete that damaged his splitter. He then spun up to the top of the turn and hit the wall:
Uh oh. The track might be breaking in Turn 2. McMurray hit something, Almirola says he hit something hard as well.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 1, 2014
Following the multiple wrecks and cautions, much of the remainder of the race went off without a hitch. There were just two caution flags waved after that point, with the final one leaving just four green-flag laps for Johnson to close the deal in the FedEx 400.
Who will win at Pocono?
After a riveting race at Dover, the Sprint Cup circuit now turns to the Pocono 400 on June 8 at 1 p.m. ET. The entire Hendrick team should once again be one to watch, with Johnson and Jeff Gordon holding a combined nine wins at the track.
Teammate Kasey Kahne found his way to Victory Lane last August at Pocono and will be looking to claim his first checkered flag this season. That win came just months after Johnson took the Party in the Poconos 400 and completed the track sweep for Hendrick last season.
Given the team's recent run over the last several weeks with Gordon winning in Kansas and Johnson taking the last two victories, it has a great shot at another win.
Just weeks after questions of when Johnson would ever win, the new question is: When will he lose?
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