When your car isn't handling to your liking and there aren't many caution-flag periods, it can be a long, brutal afternoon at Dover International Speedway. Just ask NASCAR's Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year contenders/love birds Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick.
Ricky finished 17th in Sunday's AAA 400 at the Monster Mile, which allowed him to hang on to 19th place in the Sprint Cup points standings. Not a great race, certainly, but it was the seventh time in the last eight races that Ricky finished in the top 20, so he's making some progress.
Jimmie Johnson does a burnout after winning Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Junior Nation was on their feet. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had four fresh tires, race leader Jimmie Johnson only took two.
With 26 laps to go, surely Dale Jr. could chase down his teammate and score his first win of the season, right? Wrong.
The heavy right foot of Jimmie Johnson came through, kicked the legs out from under Junior Nation, and made history in the process. Scoring his eighth win at the Monster Mile, Johnson surpassed Bobby Allison and Richard Petty as the all-time winner at Dover.
Junior fans, were not too happy with what they saw -- and neither was their driver.
Ah, the life of a @DaleJr fan. Always full of hope that is usually dashed with disappointment. #blamejj#nascar
Joey Logano celebrates after winning NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover.
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Joey Logano continued to make his mark on Dover International Speedway Saturday, leading 106 of 200 laps en route to a fourth consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at the demanding one-mile track.
Logano managed to lead the first 18 laps before surrendering the top spot to Kyle Busch, but would use strategy to retake the lead on Lap 142 and ultimately cruise to victory by a margin of 14.590 Seconds over second-place Kyle Larson.
The win puts Logano in a league of his own at Dover, as he is the first driver in any of NASCAR's top three series to win four straight races at the track.
"It's just really cool to get four in a row here at Dover," Logano said. "That's pretty awesome. It's been my favorite race track ever since I started here.
"Yes, even when I barrel-rolled down the back straightaway," he said in reference to his 2009 wreck. "It's still my favorite place, and I think we showed it today."
Logano may have have entered Dover driving for a new team this weekend, but the result was no different as he claimed his third consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at the one-mile concrete track.
Unlike his previous two victories which came under the Joe Gibbs Racing banner, this one was for Penske Racing and "The Captain."
"This is definitely fun to come to Dover and finally beat those Gibbs cars. I wanted to beat them really bad," Logano said.
"It is amazing to finally win for the captain, Roger Penske."
Jimmie Johnson appeared on FOX Sports Live Sunday night to talk about his sixth NASCAR championship. In the one-on-one interview with Dan O'Toole, he was also asked about McNabb's controversal comments about drivers not being athletes.