Johnson jumps back into Chase
Four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson dominated the AAA 400 on Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, erasing a difficult first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Johnson finished 25th at New Hampshire the previous weekend, falling four spots to sixth in the Sprint Cup standings.
But after leading 191 laps and winning for the sixth time at Dover, Johnson surged to second in the Chase, trailing leader Denny Hamlin by 35 points.
Hamlin, who had a 22.8 average finish at Dover, finished ninth to maintain the Chase lead.
Jeff Burton finished second, with non-Chase driver Joey Logano third, Kurt Busch fourth and Carl Edwards fifth.
Kyle Busch faded to a sixth-place finish, followed by Paul Menard in seventh.
Behind Hamlin and Johnson in the Cup standings are Kyle Busch in third, Kurt Busch in fourth and Kevin Harvick in fifth.
Fernando Alonso kept his hopes of a third drivers’ title very much alive with victory from pole position in the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver held off the challenge of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel to register his fourth victory of the season in a time of 1hour 57 minutes 53.579 seconds.