Dover NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson denies Kevin Harvick victory

Jimmie Johnson scored his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of 2015 in the 400-mile race at Dover

Dover NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson denies Kevin Harvick victory

Johnson took the lead away from Kevin Harvick at a restart with 17 laps to go, when the pair had been the only leading drivers not to head to pitlane after Kyle Busch had crashed out of third place while trying to lap Brian Scott.

Johnson kept hold of the lead through two further caution periods - the first when Denny Hamlin was tapped into a spin and into the outside wall by Clint Bowyer, and the second with two laps to go when Greg Biffle ran into a slow Casey Mears and left AJ Allmendinger with nowhere to go.

Points leader Harvick had been relegated from second to fourth at the penultimate restart behind Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr, but retook second before the end - his seventh such result from 13 races this season.

Kyle Larson came through to third to claim his best finish of the season, with Kahne pushed down to fourth and Truex falling to sixth behind Aric Almirola.

Front row starters Hamlin and Truex were the drivers to beat in the early stages of the race, and while Hamlin dropped back before his incident, Truex was still leading at the mid-point of the race before losing out to Harvick in green-flag pitstops.

RESULTS - 405 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3h23m16.s
2 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 0.435s
3 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0.746s
4 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1.827s
5 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 2.004s
6 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 2.109s
7 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 2.407s
8 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2.471s
9 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 2.673s
10 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2.824s
11 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 4.426s
12 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 1 Lap
13 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 1 Lap
14 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2 Laps
15 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
16 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 2 Laps
17 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 2 Laps
18 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 3 Laps
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3 Laps
20 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 3 Laps
21 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3 Laps
22 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 5 Laps
23 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 5 Laps
24 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 5 Laps
25 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 6 Laps
26 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 6 Laps
27 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 6 Laps
28 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 7 Laps
29 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 8 Laps
30 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 9 Laps
31 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 9 Laps
32 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 10 Laps
33 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 10 Laps
34 Brendan Gaughan Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 13 Laps
35 Mike Bliss Go FAS Racing Ford 14 Laps
36 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Accident
37 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 32 Laps
38 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Accident
39 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Suspension
40 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford Electrical
41 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 88 Laps
42 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 95 Laps
43 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 184 Laps

PROVISIONALLY IN THE CHASE: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Carl Edwards

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Kevin Harvick 516
2 Martin Truex Jr. 472
3 Jimmie Johnson 440
4 Joey Logano 440
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 432
6 Brad Keselowski 414
7 Jamie McMurray 390
8 Kasey Kahne 385
9 Jeff Gordon 380
10 Aric Almirola 378
11 Matt Kenseth 377
12 Paul Menard 372
13 Ryan Newman 369
14 Denny Hamlin 345
15 Kurt Busch 340
16 Carl Edwards 338
17 Clint Bowyer 332
18 Danica Patrick 321
19 Greg Biffle 311
20 Kyle Larson 297


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