AAA 400 Drive for Autism: 5 takeaways from NASCAR at Dover
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 9:15
Kyle Busch's No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team is facing significant penalties after a left-rear wheel came off Busch's auto during Sunday's Monster Energy Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. It was the 83rd win of his career, tying him with Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for 6th on the all-time wins list.
He took the checkered flag in the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" under caution after a major wreck behind him on an overtime restart, and he lead just 7 laps all day.
Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR champion, plopped his helmet on top of the Chevy in Victory Lane and swapped it out for a throwback No. 28 Hardee's Chevrolet Yarborough hat.
"When people go out and write articles or the media comes out and says that's a reflection of him having the most desire to win, it makes me want to throw up", Keselowski said Saturday.
"You know, I watched Cale - he was one of the toughest, hardest racers that I ever watched race, fearless, and drove the auto over the edge, and Jimmie does the same thing, but Jimmie makes it look smooth", Hendrick said. Larson was leading on the overtime restart, but spun his tires, giving Johnson the advantage into turn 1. Kyle Larson led a race-high 241 laps.
So far this season, Johnson has shown he has lots of power, but you could argue Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson have more of it despite less wins. Larson started from the pole and easily won the Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway for his second straight victory in NASCAR's second-tier series.
"Jimmie's the best of our time", Larson said. "I swear, I only dreamed of winning a race". He will look to post back-to-back wins for the second time this season after first doing it at Texas and Bristol back in April.
"I can't even tell you how challenging this track was with these cars and this aero package and all that", Truex said. Truex also won the second stage, with Johnson, Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Larson, Harvick, Chase Elliott, Blaney, Jones, and Kahne in tow. He then survived his first 600-mile race in the Coca-Cola 600 and finished just outside of the top 10 in 11th place. "We had to pass a lot of cars - came from a long way back - but that's the way it goes I guess some days". "I knew it was going to be extremely tricky on those old, hot, worn-out tires, and I just got a better restart is the way it turned out".
"Drivers have always used helmets as their voice", Johnson said.
Johnson would start alongside the No. 42 for the final restart of the day. Speaking of Johnson, he underwent a procedure to have some skin cancer removed Monday.
"Just not the finish we had hoped for, but still when you're this disappointed with third, it speaks volumes about your team and where you're at and what's going on, so I had a lot of fun out there today", said Truex, who led three different times for 102 laps.
Busch, like Larson, stayed out during the caution between stages one and two, and as a result, restarted inside the top five.
NASCAR heads to Pocono Raceway for the first of its two stops at the triangle track.
A red flag stopped the race for 18 minutes after 67 laps because Spencer Pigot's vehicle had a mechanical failure.