Jimmie Johnson won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 48th Annual AAA 400 Drive For Autism

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, takes the checkered and caution flag to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on June 4, 2017 in Dover, Delaware.

Starting from 14th Place Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet won the 48th Annual AAA 400 Drive For Autism, his 83rd win in 556 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. This is his 3rd win and 5th Top 10 finish in 2017. This is his 11th win and 22nd Top 10 finish in 31 races at Dover International Speedway. 2nd Place Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet, started from 5th place posted his 5th Top 10 finish in 7 races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 8th Top 10 finish in 2017. 3rd Place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, started from 2nd place posted his 12th Top 10 finish in 23 races at Dover International Speedway.

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on June 4, 2017 in Dover, Delaware.

4th Place Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet, started from 13th place followed by 5th place Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet, started from 16th place. 6th Place Car 19 Daniel Suarez # STANLEY Toyota, started from 3rd place was the highest finishing rookie. 7th Place Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet, started from 19th place. 8th Place Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota, started from 10th place followed by 9th place Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Ford, started from 18th place. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford, in 10th place, started from 31st place. Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 9 points over Kyle Larson.

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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Pedigree Petcare Toyota, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, lead the field to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on June 4, 2017 in Dover, Delaware.

The race had 15 Cautions for 72 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 18 for Car 83 Ryan Sieg JAS Expedtited Trucking Toyota Spin in Turn 2. 2nd Caution on lap 48 for Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Little Hug Ford Crash in Turn 3. 3rd Caution on lap 63 for Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Little Hug Ford Crash on the frontstretch. 4th Caution on lap 67 for Car 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford and Car 41 Kurt Busch
Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Crash in Turn 1. 5th Caution on lap 97 for Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Crash in Turn 1. 6th Caution on lap 122 for Stage 1 Conclusion. 7th Caution on lap 147 for Car 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford Spin in Turn 4. 8th Caution on lap 195 for Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford Crash in Turn 3. 9th Caution on lap 219 for Car 34 Landon Cassill Love’s Travel Stops Ford Crash in Turn 2. 10th Caution on lap 242 for Stage 2 Conclusion. 11th Caution on lap 265 for Debris on frontstretch. 12th Caution on lap 331 for Car 43 Regan Smith Smithfield Ford Crash in Turn 2. 13th Caution on lap 345 for Car 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet and Car 37 Chris Buescher Maxwell House Max Chevrolet Crash in Turn 2. 14th Caution on lap 398 for Car 38 David Ragan Overton’s Ford Crash in Turn 2. 15th Caution on lap 406 for Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet, Car 3 Austin Dillon AAA Chevrolet, Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford, Car 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet, Car 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford, Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet, Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet, Car 72 Cole Whitt Chevrolet and Car 77 Erik Jones 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota Big Crash on the frontstretch.

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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Pedigree Petcare Toyota, leads the field down pit road during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on June 4, 2017 in Dover, Delaware.

The race had 17 Lead Changes among 9 drivers. Lap Leaders: Kyle Busch 1-18; R. Stenhouse Jr. 19-21; M. Truex Jr. 22-49; K. Larson 50-80; M. Truex Jr. 81-122; K. Larson 123-146; M. McDowell 147-150; K. Larson 151-194; Kyle Busch 195; K. Larson 196-211; M. Truex Jr. 212-243; K. Larson 244-326; J. McMurray 327-328; J. Johnson 329-332; R. Newman 333; T. Dillon # 334-360; K. Larson 361-403; J. Johnson 404-406. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Larson 6 times for 241 laps; M. Truex Jr. 3 times for 102 laps; T. Dillon # 1 time for 27 laps; Kyle Busch 2 times for 19 laps; J. Johnson 2 times for 7 laps; M. McDowell 1 time for 4 laps; R. Stenhouse Jr. 1 time for 3 laps; J. McMurray 1 time for 2 laps; R. Newman 1 time for 1 lap.

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on June 4, 2017 in Dover, Delaware.

Stages:
Stage #1 Top Ten: 78,42,4,20,48,5,21,77,18,19
Stage #2 Top Ten: 78,48,20,18,42,4,24,21,77,5

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Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, pits during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on June 4, 2017 in Dover, Delaware.

Jimmie Johnson grabbed the lead on the last re-start & passed the overtime line before the caution was called for the big crash behind him. Johnson only had the lead 2 times for 7 laps. 2nd Place Kyle Larson had the lead for the lead 6 times for 241 laps, he lost the race on the last re-start. Just watching Larson you can see a future Champion in the making. Not so much this year but Larson reminds me about Paul Tracy who was a win or crash kind of a driver, which is exciting to watch.

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A detailed view of the helmet of Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on June 4, 2017 in Dover, Delaware.

This 83rd win of Johnson’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career tied sixth on the all-time wins list with Yarborough, a NASCAR Hall of Famer. Yarborough was Johnson’s hero, he had a tribute helmet & Hardee’s hat to wear to Victory Lane. Jimmie Johnson said “I never thought I would end up here in NASCAR as a kid racing in the dirt out in Southern California. I was a big Cale Yarborough
fan and I remember going to a race in Oklahoma with my parents and my brother. We were driving across the country and we pulled up to a Hardee’s. I had no idea it was a burger stand, and I really thought when I walked in the door I was going to Cale Yarborough’s race shop. It was very disappointing. I had a burger and left and then understood the world of sponsorship.”

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Number 13
Unofficial Race Results for the 48Th Annual Aaa 400 Drive For Autism – Sunday, June 4, 2017
Dover International Speedway – Dover, DE – 1 Mile Concrete
Total Race Length – 406 Laps – 406 Miles

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 14. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 406 Running
2. 5. Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 406 Running
3. 2. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota 406 Running
4. 13. Car 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 406 Running
5. 16. Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet 406 Running
6. 3. Car 19 Daniel Suarez # STANLEY Toyota 406 Running
7. 19. Car 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s Chevrolet 406 Running
8. 10. Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 406 Running
9. 18. Car 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Ford 406 Running
10. 31. Car 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental Ford 406 Running
11. 11. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 406 Running
12. 9. Car 3 Austin Dillon AAA Chevrolet 406 Running
13. 4. Car 20 Matt Kenseth ToyotaCare Toyota 406 Running
14. 21. Car 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Chevrolet 406 Running
15. 7. Car 77 Erik Jones # 5-hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota 405 Accident
16. 1. Car 18 Kyle Busch Pedigree Petcare Toyota 405 Running
17. 20. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 404 Accident
18. 24. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 404 Accident
19. 28. Car 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors Chevrolet 404 Running
20. 36. Car 15 Ross Chastain(i) DelawareOfficeofHwySftyPrtctYrMln Chev 403 Running
21. 17. Car 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 402 Accident
22. 35. Car 72 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 402 Accident
23. 29. Car 37 Chris Buescher Maxwell House Max Chevrolet 402 Running
24. 32. Car 23 Gray Gaulding # Addiction Campuses Toyota 402 Running
25. 26. Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 402 Running
26. 34. Car 83 * Ryan Sieg(i) JAS Expedtited Trucking Toyota 400 Running
27. 39. Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Hulu Chevrolet 400 Running
28. 37. Car 66 * Timmy Hill(i) Chevrolet 398 Running
29. 25. Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto Can-Am/Kappa Ford 397 Running
30. 33. Car 38 David Ragan Overton’s Ford 393 Accident
31. 22. Car 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford 391 Running
32. 15. Car 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 373 Running
33. 23. Car 27 Paul Menard Duracell/Menards Chevrolet 343 Accident
34. 30. Car 43 Regan Smith(i) Smithfield Ford 329 Accident
35. 38. Car 51 * Cody Ware ECU Pirates Chevrolet 283 Handling
36. 27. Car 34 Landon Cassill Love’s Travel Stops Ford 257 Accident
37. 6. Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford 93 Accident
38. 8. Car 2 Brad Keselowski Wurth Ford 66 Accident
39. 12. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Little Hug Ford 62 Accident

Race Comments: Prior to the start of the race, the following car dropped to the rear of the field for the reason indicated: No. 48 (rear gear change). Failed to Qualify: N/A. Caution Flags: 15 for 72 laps. Lead Changes: 17 among 9 drivers.
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Larson, #42. Coors Light Pole Award: Kyle Busch, #18 158.954 mph. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Denny Hamlin, #11 6 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, #42. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kyle Larson, #42 Moog Go the Extra Mile: Jimmie Johnson, #48 crew chief Chad Knaus, -0.142 seconds. Sherwin-Williams
Fastest Lap : Kyle Busch, #18. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Daniel Suarez, #19
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Next Race: Jun. 11, 2017 – Pocono Raceway
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