Jimmie Johnson Sails to Dover Victory
Sunday, 03 June 2012 21:16

Jimmie Johnson is back.

The five-time NASCAR champion took command of Sunday's FedEx 400 Sprint Cup with 76 laps remaining and set sail to collect his seventh win on the concrete surface at Dover International Speedway. Johnson led a race-high 289 of the 400-lap race.

"God, I love this place," said Johnson.

Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Clint Bowyer completed the top-five.

In a season that has produced minimal cautions it didn't take long for the Big One today in Dover. The 13-car melee began when Tony Stewart bumped Landon Cassill on lap nine as the two raced for position. The duo collected Regan Smith and chaos ensued with damaged race cars spinning all over the track. Stewart went to the garage for extensive repairs and returned to the race to finish 25th.

Carl Edwatds and Kyle Busch also dropped out in separate incidents. Edwards said "something broke" on the No. 99 Ford that sent him into the outside wall while Kyle Busch's engine expired. Edwards finished 26th and Busch 29th.

Greg Biffle continues to lead the 2012 NASCAR standings with a one-point advantage over teammate Matt Kenseth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., whose winless streak is now at 142 races, is third with Denny Hamlin fourth and Johnson fifth.

FedEx 400 NASCAR Results
1.Jimmie Johnson
2.Kevin Harvick
3.Matt Kenseth
4.Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5.Clint Bowyer
6.Aric Almirola
7.Martin Truex Jr.
8.Joey Logano
9.Kasey Kahne
10.Marcos Ambrose
11.Greg Biffle
12.Brad Keselowski
13.Jeff Gordon
14.Mark Martin
15.Ryan Newman
16.AJ Allmendinger
17.Paul Menard
18.Denny Hamlin
19.Jamie McMurray
20.Bobby Labonte
21.David Ragan
22.Jeff Burton
23.Travis Kvapil
24.Kurt Busch
25.Tony Stewart
26.Carl Edwards
27.Regan Smith
28.Juan Pablo Montoya
29.Kyle Busch
30.Reed Sorenson
31.David Reutimann
32.Dave Blaney
33.David Stremme
34.JJ Yeley
35.Stephen Leicht
36.Mike Bliss
37.Scott Riggs
38.Landon Cassill
39.Joe Nemechek
40.David Gilliland
41.Casey Mears
42.Michael McDowell
43.Scott Speed