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NSCS: Jimmie Johnson Earns Tenth Win at the Monster Mile

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DOVER, Del. — It doesn’t matter where Jimmie Johnson starts when he straps into his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet at Dover International Speedway. After a dismal qualifying effort on Friday, Johnson started Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks in the 14th position.

Despite starting in the seventh row, it didn’t take long for Johnson to make his charge to the front. After just 12 laps at the one-mile track, Johnson cracked the top-10, but didn’t stop there. By the time 53 circuits were made, Johnson was in the top-5 and wanting more.

“Just a tough race today,” Johnson said. We went from 14th to 5th in pretty quick order, and then the top five cars were so equal that it was just – you couldn’t pass. You really just could not get by someone”

With his tenth win at the track, Johnson joins the likeness of Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Sr. as drivers that have won at least 10 times at a track. Petty was victorious 10 or more times at Daytona, Martinsville, North Wilkesboro, Richmond and Rockingham; Pearson won 10 races at Darlington; Waltrip visited victory lane at least 10 times at Bristol, Martinsville, North Wilkesboro; and Earnhardt won 10 times at Talladega.

When questioned about becoming the fifth driver to win 10 race at a single track “Man, I really don’t think about those things.”

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity that I’ve had at Hendrick Motorsports, the amazing people I’ve had to work with, the support from out sponsor Lowe’s, Chad (Knaus), Rick (Hendrick). All of those things and the fact that I sit in the 48 car has allowed me to win the 10 races here.”

In the last 12 races at Dover since 2009, Johnson and Knaus have won six of them. The No. 48 team seems to be one team that has been able to tame Miles the Monster and keep him at bay.

When asked about next weekend’s race at Pocono, Johnson exclaimed “I’m excited. It’s such a different animal at that racetrack and what creates speed.” Johnson has three career wins at the Tricky Triangle in 26 starts.

With his 23-laps led today, Johnson is a merely one lap away from leading 3,000 at the Monster Mile. In addition, Johnson needs two more wins to catch Earnhardt for seventh on the all-time list (76)

Today’s win is Johnson’s fourth win of the season. He leads the grid for the Chase for the Sprint Cup with his four wins but is third in the point standings with 440 points. Kevin Harvick (516) and Martin Truex Jr. (472) are first and second, respectively.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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