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MBNA RacePoints 400 - Dover International Speedway

Johnson Tames the Monster Mile, Regains Points Lead
The Monster Mile was no match for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet on Sunday afternoon. Johnson passed Mark Martin to take the lead for the fourth and final time on lap 377 and held on to take the checkered flag and win the second race in the 2005 Chase for the Nextel Cup, taking the lead atop the standings in the process. In the end Johnson had to fend off his teammate Kyle Busch in a green-white-checkered finish to win the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway, scoring his 17th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 139th career start. Johnson fought off the rookie Busch in the two-lap shootout to win by a slim margin of 0.080 seconds, scoring his third victory of the season. His last victory came at Charlotte in May, 16 races ago, and he also won at Las Vegas back in March. This is Johnson’s 16th career superspeedway victory in 108 career superspeedway races. With the win, Johnson climbed from fifth to first in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, reclaiming the points lead for the first time since Pocono in July. Johnson has been ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 61 consecutive races, the longest current streak that began at Atlanta in March 2004. Johnson also was able to pocket the $60,000 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus for winning the race and leading the point standings after the race. It marked the fifth time in 2005 that the bonus has been won and the third time for Johnson. Johnson also won it at Las Vegas ($30,000) and Charlotte ($90,000) while Stewart won it at Indianapolis ($90,000) and Watkins Glen ($10,000). Johnson scored the 10th victory for car owner Rick Hendrick at Dover International Speedway, the most of any owner. This was Hendrick’s 137th victory as a car owner and seventh in 28 races this season. Kurt Busch led 192 of the 400 laps raced, leading the most laps for the fifth time this season, while Johnson led four times for 134 laps including the final 28. Our defending NEXTEL Cup champion’s day turned sour after dominating the first two-thirds of the event. Kurt Busch was caught on pit road when a caution flag flew, putting him a lap down, then he was caught speeding as he was exiting pit road and had to serve a drive-through penalty, losing another lap, and finally had a flat tire on the ensuing restart, putting him a total of three laps in arrears. After all of that Busch finished in the 23rd position and is now 170 points behind point leader Johnson in the tenth position. Kyle Busch’s second-place effort matched his finish here in June and is his third top-five finish in his last four races. Rusty Wallace finished third on his Dover finale, scoring his fourth finish of sixth or better in his last five races. Wallace climbed from fourth to second in the point standings and extended a 41-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol in August 2004. With his fifth-place finish, Ryan Newman is the only driver to score top-five finishes in the first two races in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.

MBNA RacePoints 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Old Point Standings
· Final Practice
· Practice 2
· Chevrolet Saturday Quotes
· Ford Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Race Notes
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Travis Kvapil Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes

Newman Sweeps Dover Pole Positions
Ryan Newman brought his broom with him to Dover Downs, sweeping both the Busch Series and the Nextel Cup Series pole positions on Friday afternoon at the “Monster Mile.” Not long after the celebrations were finished from his Busch Pole, Newman hopped in his Cup car to win the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the MBNA RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway. Newman laid down a qualifying lap of 22.770 seconds, at an average speed of 158.102 mph, falling short of Jeremy Mayfield’s track-qualifying record of 22.288 seconds, at an average of 161.522 mph, set June 4, 2004. This is Newman’s 33rd career Bud Pole in 144 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, moving him in to a tie with Fred Lorenzen on the all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole list. It had been 12 races since car No. 12 had won a pole position in the NEXTEL Cup Series. This is Newman’s second pole and seventh top-10 start in eight Cup races at Dover. Newman (June 2003 and September 2005) and Jeremy Mayfield (both 2004) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners at Dover since the fall of 2001. Newman gives Dodge their ninth Bud Pole this season – but their first sine Pocono in July, Chevrolet has 12 and Ford has five. Coming off his eventful week of being fined, loosing points and being put on probation, Kasey Kahne posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 22.919 seconds, at an average speed of 157.074 mph – and will join Newman on the front row. This is Kahne’s first start better than 12th in four Dover races. Rookie phenom Kyle Busch qualified third, posting his ninth top-10 start in 2005. Busch finished second in July - his only Dover appearance. Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts from the fourth position and has started from the top 10 in five of his 12 races at Dover. It is just his fourth top-10 start this season, including each of the past two races with crew chief Tony Eury Jr. Jimmie Johnson will roll off fifth, his sixth top-10 start in eight races at Dover. It is his 16th top-10 start in 2005 and his third in the past four races. Forty-four of 71 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position while only 13 races have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. Six of the last nine NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Dover have been won from a top-five starting position. The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Dover was 37th by Kyle Petty in June 1995.

 

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