Jimmie Johnson Notches Historic Tenth Win at Monster Mile

He may have qualified in the fourteenth position, but Jimmie Johnson did what he usually does at the Monster Mile, scoring another win, his tenth in fact in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.

And with that, the driver of the No. 48 Lowes Pro Services Chevrolet also made history, becoming just the fifth driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to have ten or more victories at a single track, joining Richard Petty, David Person, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt.

“I felt like it was going to be a game of inches today,” Johnson said. “We were able to leap frog some guys on some pit stops.”

“It all came together for us very late but we were able to get that tenth win.”

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“It was so great to be able to come here and compete for it,” Chad Knaus, crew chief, said. “I didn’t really realize we were doing that. To be able to run the way we did was great.”

“We didn’t qualify as well as we wanted but Jimmie got us to fifth quite quickly. Finally we started to put it together and once Jimmie was in position to battle for the lead, he did it.”

“I couldn’t be prouder. It was pretty awesome.”

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 ditech Chevrolet, finished second while the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet Kyle Larson finished third.

“We got really tight and then we freed up a lot and got better,” Larson said. “We gained a couple spots each time.”

“Our first good run of the year and hopefully we have many more.”

“Once the track bar broke, we were pretty much in a box,” Harvick said. “But all in all, the team did a great job. Dover has been a good race track for us. We’ve led laps but haven’t quite finished it off yet.”

“But a good solid day.”

This was Harvick’s 13th top-10 finish in Dover and his 12th top-10 finish for the season. He leads the point standings by 44 over Martin Truex Jr.

Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne rebounded from a 25 place qualifying position to finish fourth in his No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet. And rounding out the top-5 was Aric Almirola in the No. 43 Smithfield Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports.

“I earned my money today that is for sure,” Almirola said. “This Smithfield Ford Fusion was a handful most of the day. It started off extremely tight. Trent Owens and the guys made really good adjustments on the car and got it better and better.”

“Finally we weren’t the lucky dog, we raced and stayed on the lead lap and when the caution came out we got a chance to restart with the leaders. That was the big break for us.”

“Every time we would get the lucky dog I had to start dead last and 30-40-50 laps the leaders were right back on me. It was a great day for us, a really good point’s day for us.”

“I am proud of Trent Owens and all the guys at Richard Petty Motorsports. They have been working their guts out trying to bring better cars to the race track week in and week out.”

“We have to get better qualifying. That is our Achilles heel right now. We start too deep in the field every week. All in all it was a good day for us and I am ready to go to Pocono.”

Martin Truex Jr. led many laps but finished sixth. Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top ten in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.

The full finishing results are as follows:

2015 NSCS FedEx 400 Race Results

Fin Str Car Driver Team Lap Pts BPts Status TLd LLd
1 14 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet 405 47 4 Running 1 23
2 6 4 Kevin Harvick ditech Chevrolet 405 43 1 Running 2 91
3 3 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 405 41 Running
4 25 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 405 40 Running
5 23 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 405 39 Running
6 2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet 405 40 2 Running 3 131
7 11 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s/Cessna Chevrolet 405 37 Running
8 18 27 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet 405 36 Running
9 20 15 Clint Bowyer AAA Insurance Toyota 405 36 1 Running 1 1
10 22 24 Jeff Gordon 3M Chevrolet 405 34 Running
11 5 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 405 33 Running
12 19 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 404 33 1 Running 1 28
13 15 55 David Ragan Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 404 31 Running
14 16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 403 31 1 Running 1 3
15 33 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 403 29 Running
16 26 14 Tony Stewart Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 403 28 Running
17 7 16 Greg Biffle Safety-Kleen Ford 403 27 Running
18 17 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 402 26 Running
19 8 19 Carl Edwards Stanley Toyota 402 26 1 Running 1 3
20 30 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 402 24 Running
21 1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Cares Toyota 402 24 1 Running 4 118
22 28 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Twisted Tea Ford 400 22 Running
23 43 40 Landon Cassill(i) CRC Brakleen Chevrolet 400 0 Running
24 29 47 AJ Allmendinger Scott Products Chevrolet 400 20 Running
25 32 38 David Gilliland The Pete Store Ford 399 19 Running
26 37 35 Cole Whitt Ford 399 18 Running
27 21 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 399 17 Running
28 38 34 Brett Moffitt # Dockside Logistics Ford 398 16 Running
29 40 23 JJ Yeley(i) Dr Pepper Toyota 397 0 Running
30 35 26 Jeb Burton # Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota 396 14 Running
31 13 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 396 13 Running
32 36 83 Matt DiBenedetto # Burger King Toyota 395 12 Running
33 12 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet 395 11 Running
34 41 62 Brendan Gaughan(i) Chevrolet 392 0 Running
35 42 32 Mike Bliss(i) CorvetteParts.net Ford 391 0 Running
36 10 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Toyota 374 9 1 Accident 2 7
37 9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 373 7 Running
38 27 33 Brian Scott(i) ACME Chevrolet 372 0 Accident
39 4 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 346 5 Suspension
40 39 98 Josh Wise Ford 346 4 Electrical
41 34 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 317 3 Running
42 24 51 Justin Allgaier AccuDoc Solutions/FOE Chevrolet 310 2 Running
43 31 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 221 1 Running

# = Rookie, Fin = Finish, Str = Start, Pts = Total Points, BPs = Lap Leader Bns Pts, TLd = Times Led, LLd = Laps Led. (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

 

 

 

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