His victory also helped him to extend his dominance at Dover, where he has now won more times than at any other track with 11 checkered flags to his name. Johnson started the race in the back because of an unapproved gear change.
Johnson's win moved him into a tie with Cale Yarborough for sixth place on the all-time victories list. "But, Cale, you're the man. Thank you for all you have done for our sport".
It was a historic day in Dover for Jimmie Johnson and the Hendrick 48 team. That's why Johnson warned, "Wear sunblock kids" in his tweet.
Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR champion, plopped his helmet on top of the Chevy in Victory Lane and swapped it out for a throwback No. 28 Hardee's Chevrolet Yarborough hat. Said Keselowski on Saturday: "When people go out and write articles or the media comes out and says that's a reflection of him having the most desire to win, it makes me want to throw up". "I had no idea it was a burger stand".
Johnson took 556 races to win his 83rd, compared to the 524 it took Yarborough, who won three championships. "I had a burger and left and understood the world of sponsorship". The 19-year-old Byron is a Liberty University freshman and is widely considered one of the top prospects in NASCAR.
It's becoming easier to name the records Jimmie Johnson hasn't broken than the ones he has.
Maybe it's just us, but it seems like Johnson's doctor could have been a little more considerate and not scheduled the excision for the day after a race.
The remainder of the top 10 finishers on Sunday were Larson, Truex, Ryan Newman, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick. Toyota drivers won both Dover races in 2016, with Matt Kenseth winning last year's AAA 400 and Martin Truex Jr. winning the most recent race at Dover last October.
Larson tried not to overdo the throttle, but his tires spun anyway. "Yeah, I mean, Jimmie is the best of our time, probably the best of all time". But on Lap 331 Truex saw his chances for a win sour when a caution came out a few laps after making a green-flag pit stop. Any questions about the validity of his win were emphatically answered by Johnson following the race.
Johnson tied Hall of Fame driver Cale Yarborough for sixth on the career wins list with 83.
Kyle Busch wants to win badly, gets frustrated. The NASCAR rulebook states: "Loss of wheel (s) due to improper installation will result in a mandatory minimum four-race suspension of the crew chief and the tire changer and tire carrier of the lost wheel (s)".
Keselowski got into a brief Twitter spat with a Toyota executive (Busch's vehicle manufacturer) over the incident that seemed to steal the spotlight in a sport in need of headlines.
He qualified in 20th with a time of 22.928s (157.013mph) which was nearly two miles per hour and 0.280s behind the pole time of Busch, and was only 18th fastest in first practice. Brad Keselowski can go with him on that. Busch continued with heavy damage until he retired following another wreck about 30 laps later.
"I think we should race it out everywhere", Earnhardt said.