Jimmie Johnson Wins AAA 400 at Dover After Overtime Restart

Story By: Deborah Leung

Photos By: Sol Tucker and Benjamin Rogers Jr.

Dover, DE–

Jimmie Johnson knows a few things about winning at Dover, well at least 10 of them prior to today and with a wild ending to the AAA 400 today, Johnson was able to take the checkered flag after starting at the rear of the field.

For Johnson this is his 11th victory at the Monster Mile and he did so in exciting fashion after a huge wreck in the final laps forced overtime, where Johnson used his experience at the track to take the checkered.

Kyle Larson is looking back at how he could have lost this race after leading 200 laps and having almost a three second lead over Johnson when the overtime was forced.

Larson finished second, with Martin Truex Jr. in third, Ryan Newman in fourth, and Chase Elliott in fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were rookie Daniel Suarez, Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick.

To be here and tie him at 83 wins is amazing,” Johnson said. “We just got the tribute helmet. I wasn’t sure how quickly we’d be, or if we’d be able to go there, and get it done. But, Cale, you’re the man. Thank you for all you have done for our sport.”

Obviously, I didn’t need that last caution,” Larson said. “Jimmie is the best of our time, probably the best of all time. He just has obviously a lot more experience than I do out on the front row late in races and executed a lot better than I did. I’ve got to get better at that and maybe get some more wins.”
Today was not only crazy with racing, but with minutes remaining in the race a fan climbed the fence and made it all the way to the top before security detained him. NASCAR says it was not the reason for the caution, but like the incident in 2014 in Richmond it may force Dover to make some changes to its fan friendly fence that exists currently.

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