Iracingone Rewind:/I Dover

Inside Line
Before an estimated crowd of 150,000, Jimmie Johnson won the MBNA RacePoints 400, posting his 17th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory and taking over the points lead for the first time since Pocono in July. Complete Results | Lap Summary

Keys to Victory Lane
Johnson took the lead for good on lap 375 when a four tire pit stop proved to be the winning move after Mark Martin took only two right side tires and fell back at the drop of the green flag.

Highway to Hell
For the second week in a row, defending NEXTEL Cup Series champion Kurt Busch suffered through a terrible day, in a race where he dominated and led the most laps (192). A late race tire problem and subsequent pit road speeding penalty doomed Busch to a 23rd-place finish after winding up 35th in last week's opening "Chase" race at New Hampshire.

Zero to Hero
Kyle Petty started 34th and scored an eighth-place finish, only his second top 10 run of the year since posting one at Bristol back in the Spring.

Hero to Zero
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. posted his second straight strong qualifying effort when he started fourth, but with less than five laps in the book he suffered brake problems that took him out of contention and slapped him with a 31st-place finish.

Chase for the Cup
Johnson climbed back to the top of the standings with a trip to Victory Lane, while Tony Stewart, the point leader at the start of the race, limped home 18th. But Rusty Wallace's top-five finish pulled him within seven points of the lead while Ryan Newman stayed in the first three only twelve points out of the top spot. Kurt Busch tumbled to 10th and finds himself 170 points behind Johnson. Chase Standings

Pit Stops
  • Jimmie Johnson captured his 17th career NEXTEL Cup Series win in his 139th start and third at Dover Int'l Speedway. This was also his sixth top-10 finish in eight starts at DIS. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Johnson won the 137th race for car owner Rick Hendrick. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Johnson became the 84th driver to win a race from the fifth starting position. Starting Position Facts
  • Today marked the 570th win for Chevrolet. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Kyle Busch has now finished second in both of his starts at Dover.
  • Rusty Wallace (third) scored his 22nd top 10 in his 44th and final Cup race at Dover.
  • Mark Martin finished fourth for his fourth consecutive top-five finish at Dover and added to series leading top five total at the track with 19.
  • Ryan Newman notched his seventh top-10 finish in eight starts at Dover with his fifth-place finish.
  • Elliott Sadler (sixth) captured his best finish, and third top 10, in 14 races at Dover.
  • Jeremy Mayfield (seventh) earned his eighth top 10 in 24 starts at Dover.
  • Kyle Petty (eighth) equaled his best finish of the season and first top 10 at Dover since 1997.
  • Carl Edwards (ninth) captured his first top-finish at Dover in his third start.
  • Casey Mears finished 10th, his first finish in six starts at Dover that was better than 24th.

    Lug Nuts
  • Kyle Busch gets a RacingOne "atta boy" for at least rattling the cage of teammate Johnson and going for the win. Didn't seem like the Hendrick boys were under "team orders" in those final two laps.
  • Kurt Busch was obviously frustrated after the race, but again showed how he can be the chirpiest guy in the garage when things are going his way and a crabby kind of guy when they don't after cutting off Marty Snyder's post-race interview.
  • Tony Stewart lost five pounds this week. He shaved.
  • Guess Mike Helton's fire and brimstone drivers' meeting address about last week's New Hampshire tomfoolery and what NASCAR would do to offenders now got everyone's attention. The boys played nice in the sandbox on Sunday.
  • Kyle Petty, take a bow.

    Garage Talk
    "The crazy thing is I'm probably driving right now better than I ever drove in my life. I guess I don't need to be retiring, but hey, I've made the decision to do that."
    -Rusty Wallace

    "He was all over me at the end, and that's the way it should be."
    -Jimmie Johnson on Kyle Busch

    "We have reached a point where enough is enough."
    -Mike Helton at Sunday's pre-race drivers' meeting.

    "Man, that 5 car (Kyle Busch) is really jacked up in the back. Something's goin' on there."
    -Dale Earnhardt Jr. during a caution.

    Fan Forum (What they are saying on the Message Boards)
    "Team orders...nothing compares to the team orders at Roush you lead a you lead a lap...pathetic."

    "I know none of these cars are, by any means, stock; but this Charger is SO FAR OFF the real deal."

    "WOW!! Great to see Kyle Petty get a good finish, has been along time, hopefully signs of things to come next year when Loomis gets there."
    -Petty Enterprises43-45

    "JJ Yeley finished a race!! It's about time he finshed one of these things without spending extensive time in the garage making repairs."

    "I ain't much of a Wallys World fan but today it was prettydang good!"

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of one to ten bags of "Monster Mile" concrete, we'll give Sunday's MBNA RacePoints 400 a 7. Another topsy turvey "Chase" affair with various championship contenders having roller coaster days. A good race to the checkered flag when the Hendrick teammates could have easily made it a parade to the checkered flag, so kudos to Kyle Busch for showing that winning really is the most important thing. Next up, the wild card of the "Chase" and a trip to the drugstore for an extra supply of Pepto - Talladega is on the horizon next Sunday.
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