DOVER

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style, his win­ning,” John­son con­tin­ued. “I think my grand­fa­ther — there was some­thing about his per­son­al­ity that car­ried over and be­tween all those is why I was drawn to him.”

Daniel Suarez fin­ished sixth with Jamie McMur­ray, Denny Ham­lin, Kevin Har­vick and Danica Pa­trick round­ing out the top 10.

Pole sit­ter Kyle Busch led the first 18 laps be­fore a cau­tion, but his chance for vic­tory took an early hit when he left rear tires came off af­ter his pit stop, dam­ag­ing his quar­ter panel. Ricky Sten­house Jr. led for three laps, then Truex took the point for 28 laps. Sten­house hit the wall to bring out the cau­tion on lap 48.

Lar­son took over the lead for the next 31 laps, and he was ahead of two in­ci­dents. The first came when Sten­house hit the wall a sec­ond time, end­ing his day.

On the en­su­ing restart, Kurt Busch, run­ning in sec­ond, spun in turn one on lap 66 and col­lected fourth place Brad Ke­selowski. The crash ended Ke­selowski’s day, and led to an­other wreck by Kurt Busch on lap 96, end­ing his day.

Be­fore Kurt Busch’s wreck, Truex re­claimed the lead, and went on to win stage one. By the end of the first stage, John­son had moved up to fifth.

In stage two, Lar­son showed his strength, lead­ing 84 laps, but he was passed by Truex on lap 212. Truex went on to take stage two, but Lar­son would re­turn to the point on lap 244.

Lar­son said this was the best car he has ever had at Dover.

“This place is hard,” he said. “I don’t think you ever re­ally feel per­fect here.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed that I didn’t win, but I’m proud of the ef­fort that our team put in and proud of my­self for the ef­fort I put in most of the race. Just got to get bet­ter.”

The race com­ple­tion changed on lap 331 when the cau­tion flew dur­ing green flag pit stops. Be­fore the cau­tion, Lar­son led com­fort­ably over Truex and El­liott, but the trio pit­ted, los­ing a lap to John­son who had yet to pit when the cau­tion flew.

Af­ter the re­main­ing driv­ers pit­ted, Ty Dil­lon led, with Ryan Newman in sec­ond, John­son in third and Austin Dil­lon in fourth.

With 51 laps to go, John­son went low of Newman com­ing off turn two but got loose, al­low­ing Lar­son to dive un­derneath head­ing into turn three. The two raced side-by-side through three and four and down the front straight­away. Lar­son and John­son touched head­ing into one, but John­son got the rocket launch from the high side, clear­ing Lar­son and get­ting along­side Newman for sec­ond.

John­son passed Newman and set his sights on Ty Dil­lon. With 42 to go, John­son wig­gled loose be­hind Ty Dil­lon, and Lar­son used his mo­men­tum to pass John­son for sec­ond. Lar­son then went to the high side to pass Ty Dil­lon with 39 laps to go.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Jim­mie John­son cel­e­brates his 11th ca­reer vic­tory at Dover In­ter­na­tional Speed­way Sun­day, June 4, in vic­tory lane.

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