Jimmie Johnson claimed his 83rd-career Cup race and his 11th win at Dover International Speedway this Sunday night. Johnson sprinted ahead of Kyle Larson on an overtime restart with two laps to go, tying with NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough on the all-time win list. The race was live televised on DSPORT.
The No. 48 Chevrolet driver, Johnson led just twice for seven laps in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism. While Kyle Larson led for more than 200 laps and held nearly a three-second lead over Johnson with just two laps remaining but a caution flag forced overtime. Taking advantage of the moment, Johnson grabbed the lead from Larson on the restart and held on when the Nos. 13 and 31 made contact on the backstretch to end the race under yellow. The crash started as Ty Dillon got loose and spun on the backstretch, collecting numerous cars behind him.
Johnson’s 11th win at the 1-mile track was the 83rd of his career in NASCAR’s premier series.
The final restart denied Larson, who led six times for a race-high 241 laps but was settled with second place. Martin Truex Jr. took third despite winning Stages 1 and 2 in the race.
Truex Jr. led three times for 102 laps, but was shuffled back after a Lap 343 caution flag fell during a pit-stop cycle. The series points leader rallied to finish third in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota. Ryan Newman and Chase Elliott completed the top five.
Several pitfalls flared up early, with five yellow flags in the opening 120-lap stage. Pole-starter and early leader Kyle Busch was among the first to get trapped, leaving pit road without his left-rear wheel properly attached. After an extra pit stop to replace the errant wheel and repair fender damage on the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota, Busch recovered to race into the top five.
Busch later made an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel with 38 laps left. He ended on 16th.
A Lap 65 crash derailed Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch, both former Dover winners. Kurt Busch lost control on racing alongside Larson on a restart, forcing Keselowski’s Team Penske No. 2 Ford into the outside wall. Keselowski was done for the day on 38th place, finishing next to last for the second straight week. Kurt Busch continued with damage, but was sidelined 30 laps later by a more severe solo wreck that left him with a 37th-place result.