Jimmie Johnson Claims 7th Dover Win, Ties All-Time Record
Jimmie Johnson on Sunday tied the Dover International Speedway record for the most wins in racing history, claiming his 7th victory on Sunday amid a sea of red, yellow and blue wig wearing fans. The only other racers to win seven times at Dover are Richard Petty and Bobby Allison.
The win also means Johnson is the only active racer to hold seven wins at Dover, a race he dominated while leading 289 of 400 laps. Johnson last won at Dover on Sept. 26, 2010.
After taking a victory spin Johnson didn’t mince words when he proclaimed:
“God, I love this place.”
Johnson has been on a tear lately, including the All-Star race his team has amassed four-race wins in NASCAR.
Speaking further about his monumental win Johnson proclaimed:
“I’ve never been one to pay attention to stats. I just truthfully never thought I’d be the guy who’d build up any cool stats. Here I am with some pretty cool stats with legends of our sport and guys that I’ve looked up to.”
Putting his record tying performance into perspective it took Richard Petty 46 tries to win 7 times and it took Bobby Allison 35 races, while Johnson son seven times in just 21 starts.
Rounding out the races top five finishers were Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Clint Bowyer.
The race wasn’t kind to points leader Greg Biffle who finished in 11th place and now holds just a one-point lead over Matt Kenseth in the standings at they prepare to head into next weeks race at Pocono Raceway.
After leading the final 76 laps of the race Jimmie Johnson walked away with his 57th career win.