John­son jumps back into Chase

Los Angeles Times - - Morning Briefing -

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.

For­mula One

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.

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