DOVER, DE - MAY 15: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Wiley X Sunglasses Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2011 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Matt Kenseth and his crew made the gutsy decision to go with just two tires during a caution with a little over 30 laps left in the FedEx 400 and it paid off with a win at Dover.
The decision to go with only two tires during the caution put Kenseth ahead at the restart on lap 367 and no one was able to catch him from that point on. It was Kenseth’s second win of the season and second career victory at Dover.
Kenseth, along with many drivers complained about the rubber build up on the track. It would get cleaned up during a caution, but quickly come back and make the cars very tough to control. So getting out in front, he says, was key.
“At the end the rubber kind of got cleaned off and you could really race for about 15 laps before that yucky rubber would build up and you couldn’t maneuver any more. So it was key to be out front and have a clean track at the end.”
Race favorite Jimmie Johnson looked like he was on his way to his record tying 6th win at Dover Downs, as he led 135 of the first 142 laps of the race. He and Carl Edwards would trade the lead off with Johnson leading the race as late as lap 332. However, cautions and questionable pit strategies dropped Johnson to 9th by the race’s end.
Mark Martin finished 2nd, followed by Marcos Ambrose, Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers to round out the top five. Clint Bowyer finished 6th with Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick completing the top ten.
Carl Edwards remains atop the Sprint Cup Series standings followed Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kevin Harvick.
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Five time defending NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson will look to tie legends Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for the most all times win at Dover Downs this afternoon as the green flag drops at the FEDEX 400 drops this afternoon at 1:15 pm in Delaware.
Johnson has six career wins at the Monster Mile, including three of the last four events there. He swept the races at Dover in 2009. He says that the short track just fits his style well.
"It reminds me a little bit of my off-road days," Johnson said. "I really like this track. Our race wins and finishes kind of back that up. I'm looking forward to another great weekend and I would love to hopefully get a win and get some more points."
Johnson sits on the pole today despite the fact that qualifying was rained out. Thanks to a new NASCAR rule, the driver with the fastest average laps in practice gets the pole and that was Johnson. Previously, NASCAR would set the field by order of points standings. However, as AJ Alimendinger joked to Jimmie Johnson this week, the new rule probably won't change much.
"I don't understand," Allmendinger said. "The system is the same for you. You're either fastest, or they used to do it by points, so you started on the pole. Not sure how much different that is for you."
Johnson currently sits second in the Sprint Cup standings behind Carl Edwards, who continues to rack up 10 ten finishes. Edwards has finished in the top 10 in each of the past four races and has eight top tens over the first ten races of the season.
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