John­son gets 10th Cup win at Dover

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Jim­mie John­son took the con­grat­u­la­tory call from his boss, then flipped the phone for a selfie.

The six-time se­ries champ and crew chief Chad Knaus sand­wiched the 60-pound tro­phy and smiled for a familiar photo.

John­son had al­ready mas­tered the Mon­ster Mile like no other driver. His lat­est win earned him a slice of NASCAR his­tory that etched his name in the same class as five Hall of Fame driv­ers.

With his No. 48 Chevrolet on cold tires, John­son got hot down the stretch Sun­day in Delaware to win at Dover In­ter­na­tional Speed­way and be­come the fifth driver with 10 or more Sprint Cup vic­to­ries at a sin­gle track.

Kevin Har­vick was sec­ond, fol­lowed by Kyle Lar­son, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola.

Har­vick and John­son both stayed out on cold tires dur­ing cau- tions. Knaus gam­bled that the No. 48 Chevrolet was as stout on four cold tires as oth­ers would be on two or four fresh ones.

Se­bastien Bour­dais raced to his first Indy­Car victory of the sea­son, out­last­ing Takuma Sato in a cau­tion-filled end­ing at Belle Isle in Detroit.

Bour­dais held on in his No. 11 Chevrolet in a race that was short­ened from 70 laps to 68 be­cause of a two-hour time limit. The first cau­tion didn’t come un­til lap 37, but there were eight cau­tion pe­ri­ods in all — as well as a red f lag with 5:33 re­main­ing on the clock.

Bour­dais led com­ing out of the fi­nal cau­tion and had lit­tle trou­ble stay­ing in front. The French driver’s fi­nal lap of 1 minute 17.9133 sec­onds was the fastest for any­one on the day.

Gra­ham Ra­hal fin­ished third. Car­los Munoz, who won Satur­day’s rain-short­ened race, fin­ished last Sun­day. over­took him early in the round.

Anna Nordqvist birdied the 16th and 17th holes to break out of the pack and went on to win the Sho­pRite LPGA Clas­sic at Gal­loway Town­ship, N.J., by a stroke.

Nordqvist closed with a twounder 69 in windy con­di­tions to fin­ish at eight un­der 205.

Nordqvist made a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-four 16th to break a tie with France’s Chris­tel Boeljon and get to eight un­der.

Boeljon was a ca­reer-best sec­ond af­ter a 68.

Sec­ond-round leader Mor­gan Pres­sel, who fell out of the lead fol­low­ing a bo­gey-dou­ble bo­gey stretch on the front nine, tied for third at five un­der af­ter a 73. Rookie Kelly Shon got within a stroke of the lead, but a tough fin­ish dropped her to a 70 and a tie with Pres­sel.

Den­mark’s Soren Kjeld­sen won the Ir­ish Open, beat­ing Eng- land’s Ed­die Pep­perell and Aus­tria’s Bernd Wies­berger with a birdie on the first hole of a play­off.

Kjeld­sen closed with a five-over 76 to fin­ish at two-un­der 282. Pep­perell had a 69, and Wies­berger shot 73 at wind-swept and rain­bat­tered Royal County Down in New­cas­tle, North­ern Ire­land.

The 40-year-old Kjeld­sen twop­utted from 35 feet for his win­ning birdie on the par-five 18th hole. Wies­berger fin­ished with a par, and Pep­perell had a bo­gey.

South­ern Methodist’s Bryson Decham­beau shot an even-par 72 to top the NCAA tour­na­ment leader­board when third-round play was suspended at Braden­ton, Fla., be­cause of light­ning.

Ge­or­gia led the team stand­ings at 1 over, with the Bull­dogs still on the course when play was stopped. USC was sec­ond at four over, also with holes to play. UCLA fin­ished its round in an eighth-place tie at 14 over.

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