Johnson Wins to Take Points Lead

Jimmie Johnson took the points lead in the Chase for the Nextel Cup after winning today at Dover International Speedway, relegating previous points leader Tony Stewart to fifth

Johnson Wins to Take Points Lead

This was Johnson's third victory of the season and he now leads the standings by a mere seven points from Rusty Wallace, who moved up two positions. Pole sitter Ryan Newman remained in third, having finished the race in fifth position.

The 404-lap race around the 'Monster Mile' saw Johnson hold off his teammate Kyle Busch in the closing stages, the two crossing the finish line nose to tail. Mark Martin, who looked set to win the race at mid point, finished third.

Stewart, who held the lead in the points over the past seven rounds, was only able to finish in 18th, having suffered throughout the weekend from an ill-handling car. He now trails Johnson by 23 points and is tied with Greg Biffle, who finished 13th.

There are only eight more rounds to run before the Chase for the Cup is decided.

Pos Driver Make Laps 1. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 404 2. Kyle Busch Chevrolet 404 3. Rusty Wallace Dodge 404 4. Mark Martin Ford 404 5. Ryan Newman Dodge 404 6. Elliott Sadler Ford 404 7. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 404 8. Kyle Petty Dodge 404 9. Carl Edwards Ford 404 10. Casey Mears Dodge 404 11. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 404 12. Ricky Rudd Ford 403 13. Greg Biffle Ford 403 14. Brian Vickers Chevrolet 403 15. Dale Jarrett Ford 403 16. Kasey Kahne Dodge 403 17. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 403 18. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 402 19. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 402 20. Dave Blaney Chevrolet 402 21. Travis Kvapil Dodge 402 22. Mike Wallace Chevrolet 402 23. Kurt Busch Ford 401 24. Scott Riggs Chevrolet 401 25. J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 401 26. Michael Waltrip Chevrolet 401 27. Jeff Green Dodge 401 28. Ken Schrader Dodge 401 29. Jamie McMurray Dodge 400 30. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 399 31. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 397 32. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 397 33. Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevrolet 386 34. Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 381 35. Matt Kenseth Ford 367 36. Scott Wimmer Dodge 293 37. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 291 38. Tony Raines Dodge 288 39. Robby Gordon Chevrolet 280 40. Kevin Lepage Ford 197 41. Sterling Marlin Dodge 190 42. Carl Long Chevrolet 144 43. Stanton Barrett Chevrolet 8 The Chase for the Cup - Standings: Pos Driver Points Change 1. Jimmie Johnson 5362 +5 2. Rusty Wallace 5355 +2 3. Ryan Newman 5350 = 4. Mark Martin 5341 +3 5. Tony Stewart 5339 -4 6. Greg Biffle 5339 -4 7. Jeremy Mayfield 5281 +1 8. Carl Edwards 5259 +1 9. Matt Kenseth 5238 -4 10. Kurt Busch 5192 = 
shares
comments
Waltrip Signs with Bill Davis Racing

Previous article

Waltrip Signs with Bill Davis Racing

Next article

Johnson: Testing Gamble Paying Off

Johnson: Testing Gamble Paying Off
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR
Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR Plus

Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR

There has never been a full-time British driver in the NASCAR Cup. But Alex Sedgwick, who is rising through the stock car ranks, wants that to change and could be a trailblazer for European talents to reach the top echelons of the NASCAR ladder

NASCAR
Feb 28, 2021
How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport Plus

How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport

It's 20 years since legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Sr died at the Daytona 500, but the legacy of his crash continues today through the pioneering safety work done by NASCAR

NASCAR
Feb 18, 2021
The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021 Plus

The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season

NASCAR
Feb 12, 2021
How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career Plus

How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a shot at redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith

NASCAR
Feb 11, 2021
Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines Plus

Autosport's top 5 NASCAR machines

The American stock car scene is more famous for its close racing and occasional punch-ups, but there have been some fantastic machines too. As part of Autosport's 70th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we picked out five of its best

NASCAR
Jan 3, 2021
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Plus

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future

NASCAR
Nov 17, 2020
Why Johnson’s playoff failure won’t tarnish his legacy Plus

Why Johnson’s playoff failure won’t tarnish his legacy

The last season of a retiring NASCAR great has shown promise, and may have resulted in another playoff push without small issues outside his control. 2020 won't be the year Jimmie Johnson would have wanted, but it won't be what he is remembered for

NASCAR
Sep 3, 2020
Why a Le Mans winner is heading into the “unknown world” of NASCAR Plus

Why a Le Mans winner is heading into the “unknown world” of NASCAR

Comparing Porsche's 919 HYBRID LMP1 to NASCAR is motorsport's equivalent of apples and oranges, but this weekend one of Weissach's top works aces will pit his skills against the regulars and revive the tradition of the 'road-course ringer'

NASCAR
Aug 13, 2020