DOVER, Del. — Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Sprint Cup Autism 400 at Dover after Jimmie Johnson was caught speeding on pit road late in the race, putting him a lap down to the leaders.
“It’s phenomenal,” said Busch. “We prevailed and that’s what it takes to win one of these races.
“We weren’t the best car at the beginning, but at about lap 260 we came on. We did the right things at the right time.”
Busch made it two-for-three at Dover. He won Saturday night’s Nationwide race and was leading Friday’s Camping World Truck race when he ran out of gas.
Johnson and Busch were running 1-2 when they both came into the pits for tires with 35 laps remaining in the 400-lap race. Busch exited his pit stall first, and Johnson tried to pass him on pit road, but NASCAR said Johnson was speeding.
“Evidently I got out of the pits a little quicker than normal,” said Johnson, who wound up 16th. “I didn’t want Kyle to beat me out.”
Johnson led 225 laps, the most of any driver, but went from hot to cold. The one mistake in the pits probably cost him the win. He dropped from second to fourth in points.
Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, David Reutimann, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Joey Logano were the top-10 finishing drivers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned in poor practice times and never got the race-day handling he needed. He finished 10 laps down in 30th position.
Top 12 Chase contenders after12 of 36: 1. Harvick-1,768, 2. Kyle Busch-1,699, 3. Kenseth-1,642, 4. Johnson-1,637, 5. Hamlin-1,618, 6. J. Gordon-1,605, 7. Biffle-1,581, 8. Burton-1,569, 9. Kurt Busch-1,531, 10. Edwards-1,487, 11. Martin-1,475, 12. Truex-1,434.
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