Jimmie Johnson extends track record with 11th win at Dover


"When I was growing up in southern California racing dirt bikes I was a big Cale Yarborough fan". I had no idea it was a burger stand, and I really thought when I walked in the door I was going to Cale Yarborough's race shop.

The seven-time champion is on a path to be the greatest NASCAR driver where no one will be able to touch his feats.

On the 398th lap of a 400-mile race here Sunday, the caution flag waved, and so began another struggle between one of NASCAR's established names and one of its rising stars. Before the caution, Larson led comfortably over Truex and Elliott, but the trio pitted, losing a lap to Johnson who had yet to pit when the caution flew.

On the restart, Johnson jumped to the lead.

Larson had never won at Dover International Speedway; Johnson had done so 10 times.

Rookie Daniel Suarez had the best finish of his nascent career, sixth, for Joe Gibbs Racing; he had finished seventh three times this season.

"I remember going to a race in Oklahoma with my parents, my brother, we're driving across the country and we pull into a Hardee's", Johnson said. A yellow flag for David Ragan's crash with four laps left in regulation erased Larson's late lead, bunching up the field and eventually sending the race six laps past its scheduled 400-lap distance.

A red flag stopped the race for 18 minutes after 67 laps because Spencer Pigot's auto had a mechanical failure. "He's got a golden horseshoe somewhere, and he's really good at execution".

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He took the checkered flag in the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" under caution after a major wreck behind him on an overtime restart, and he lead just 7 laps all day. (Ryan Newman has raced with this approach his entire career.) With that said, he'll have to deal with the consequences, such as Truex giving him the chrome horn Sunday to make the eventual pass. Danica Patrick ended a streak of 76 races without a top-10 finish Sunday. But in midst of the pit stop Busch's jack man lowered the auto before the rear tire changer could properly secure any of the five lug nuts on the left-rear wheel, and as Busch pulled away the wheel came off.

At this point, can we just rename Miles the Monster as the Jimmie Johnson Trophy?

With 40 laps to go, Larson went high on Dillon and took the lead back.

Johnson's determination was on display once again at Dover, where he drove from the back of the field to fifth place in the first stage, then used an overtime period to beat Kyle Larson, who was the class of the field for much of the day.

With 51 laps to go, Johnson went low of Newman coming off turn two but got loose, allowing Larson to dive underneath heading into turn three.

Johnson snuck into the top five around the 50-lap mark and stayed there for most of the afternoon. He won both the first and second 120-lap stages and increased his series-leading playoff point total to 18.

"I fought hard all race long", Larson said. K.Larson, 536; 3. K.Harvick, 429; 4. One of those caught in the crash was Joplin's Jamie McMurray, who had run in the top ten all day. Granted, he won the race under the rules, but several drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., questioned whether the overtime line should remain in place. Kyle Larson dominated and won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover on Saturday.