JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS DOVER 400

Jimmie Johnson won his second race of the season, overtaking Tony Stewart on the second-last lap in an exciting finish at the Dover 400. Johnson was eighth with 25 laps to go. He clearly had the best equipment in the field on Sunday. "We had an awesome, awesome race car," Johnson said. "We’ve been fast, but this was a very special car today." Said Stewart, "The fastest car won the race today, for sure."


Stewart battled from the middle of the field to pass Greg Biffle with nine laps to go. Johnson then overtook Biffle, setting up an eight-lap showdown between the two former Sprint Cup champions.

"To have to run that hard and pass that many good cars to get the lead, that’s a challenge," Johnson said. "I really had to suck it up and get going."

In his first race with crew chief Lance McGrew, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 12th, a respectable showing that will certainly bolster his team’s spirits. Junior moved up one slot to 18th in the 12-team Chase for the Sprint Cup standings.

Overall, Stewart passed Jeff Gordon, who started at the back of the field after wrecking during qualifying and finished 26th, for the points lead. Gordon is now second and Johnson is third.