Jimmie Johnson overtook Kyle Larson during an overtime restart Sunday to take the checkered flag in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Johnson's 11th career victory at the Monster Mile.
Jimmie Johnson started Sunday’s AAA 400 ‘Drive for Autism’ Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the back of the field, but ended the day having taken his all-time record 11th checkered flag at the Monster Mile.
In a day full of cautions, Johnson overtook Kyle Larson after a restart, passing the overtime mark just as another wreck was unfolding behind him.
While Johnson was making is way to the top of the field, it was Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson who led the majority of the day.
Truex Jr., who finished third, put up an impressive performance, winning the first two stages of the race giving him eight stage victories this season. Meanwhile, Larson led 241 laps Sunday, only to see Johnson steal victory away from him on the final caution of the day.
After taking Stage 1, Truex Jr. was overtaken early in Stage 2 by Larson after a caution before Truex Jr. retook the lead after lap 212 to win Stage 2.
Larson took the lead once again at the start of Stage 3 and led the majority of the stage until a Regan Smith crash brought about another caution which saw many of Sunday’s field pit, allowing Ty Dillon to take a brief lead.
Larson passed Dillon to retake the lead down the stretch only to see another crash have an impact on his place. With under five laps to go, David Ragan crashed triggering a caution and overtime.
Johnson, who had since passed Ryan Newman for second, jumped ahead of Larson on the restart - crossing the overtime mark just as another multi-car collision occurred behind him.
While Sunday’s victory at Dover added to Johnson’s all-time Monster Mile record, it was also his 83rd all-time win, tying him with Cale Yarborough for sixth all-time.
Johnson led the field with Larson and Truex Jr. placing second and third, followed by Newman, Chase Elliott to round out the top five.
Truex Jr. leads the Cup Series in points after Dover with 545, followed by Larson (536), Kevin Harvick (429), Kyle Busch (416) and Jamie McMurray (415). With the victory Sunday, Johnson climbed to sixth in the point race with 414.
Next week, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moves to Pocono Raceway for the Axalta Pocono 400 June, 11 at 3 p.m.