It’s Worth Respecting: Johnson wins at Dover for the eighth time

In a race that included no crashes or wrecks, debris cautions were woven into the storyline, one that ended with Jimmie Johnson winning at Dover International Speedway for a record-setting eighth time.

Johnson, who overcame fuel mileage and a surprise caution near the end, cut into Matt Kenseth’s point lead, only behind by eight. Kyle Busch finished fifth, securing the idea that the championship is a three-man race.

Second place went to polesitter Dale Earnhardt Jr., who took four tires on the final stop as Johnson and the others took two. As the laps wound down, Earnhardt failed to reel him in, his car not as spot-on as his teammate’s. The driver of the No. 88 led laps and missed pit road earlier in the race, throwing together a run that somehow didn’t make up ground on those in front of him in the standings.

That’s a sign that this year’s Chase isn’t going to be easy. The entire top ten being full of Chase contenders is another sign that says, “Hey, this is a tough playoff race.” The highest finishing non-Chase driver was Jamie McMurray in eleventh. The biggest Chase loser would have to be Carl Edwards, who fell seven spots to eleventh in the standings after a broken wheel hub forced him into the garage.

Though Johnson winning seems like an annoying occurrence, we must all think big picture: we’re watching history in the making. This is a five-time champion and a future hall of fame dweller. He has talent and passion. Please respect that.

Even Miles the Monster needs to rest, and he took this weekend off. The entire No. 48 team thanks him for taking a vacation.

Point Standings after Dover

1. Matt Kenseth (–)
2. Jimmie Johnson (-8)
3. Kyle Busch (-12)
4. Kevin Harvick (-39)
4. Jeff Gordon (-39)
6. Greg Biffle (-41)
7. Ryan Newman (-48)
8. Clint Bowyer (-51)
9. Kurt Busch (-55)
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-57)
11. Carl Edwards (-65)
12. Joey Logano (-66)
13. Kasey Kahne (-76)


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