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April 6, 2011 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
Jimmie Johnson admitted yesterday he was speeding on pit road at Martinsville, and apologized for criticizing NASCAR over his late-race penalty. But the five-time defending champion remained adamant that NASCAR should post pit road speeds in real time, and had the information been readily available, he wouldn't have argued the penalty. Johnson said he learned of his pit road speeds on Monday. "If pit road segment times were broadcast live for everyone to review, it would eliminate the finger-pointing," Johnson said in a conference call with reporters.
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October 1, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DOVER, Del. - For 375 laps, the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers kept circling Dover International Speedway's 1-mile oval without collisions or rancor. There were no wrecks, no driver mad at another. Then, following only the fourth caution period of the AAA 400, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. kept the estimated crowd of 75,000 on their feet. Earnhardt, the track-recordbreaking pole-sitter, stalked teammate Johnson within a few car lengths. The final caution erased Johnson's 5-second advantage over Earnhardt.
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October 29, 2012 | Associated Press
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Five-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson raced to his seventh career victory at Martinsville Speedway - NASCAR's trickiest oval - and Sunday's triumph in the Tums Fast Relief 500 helped him supplant Brad Keselowski as the points leader with three events remaining. "I'm ecstatic about the win today and ecstatic about the points lead, but this is no cakewalk," Johnson said after the 59th victory of his career and fourth this season. Johnson moved two points ahead of Keselowski, who finished sixth.
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June 11, 2013 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND - Jimmie Johnson winning races is not exactly OMG, jaw-dropping news. Johnson's dominating win in yesterday's Party in the Poconos 400 was his 63rd career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. He is second to Jeff Gordon's 87 among active drivers, eighth all-time. Johnson led 128 of the 160 laps at Pocono Raceway, including the last 31. Johnson's third win of the season ties him with Matt Kenseth for most visits to victory lane this year. A sixth Cup title is clearly on Johnson's radar.
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November 22, 2013
WITH JIMMIE Johnson celebrating his sixth Sprint Cup championship in the last 8 years, the question many observers and I have is: Why aren't other top teams challenging his dominance? Matt Kenseth mounted a serious threat this year, winning a series-high seven races and leading the Chase after five races. Then Johnson seized the lead and won by 19 points over Kenseth. As a Cup crew chief with Greg Biffle and several others, Hatboro, Pa., native Greg Erwin had as good an opportunity as anyone outside Hendrick Motorsports to see what makes Johnson's No. 48 team click.
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May 13, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Correspondent
THE "DOVER Dominator" is back. Jimmie Johnson, winner of a record 10 Dover Cup races, will attempt to add to his collection Sunday at Dover International Speedway. Johnson has won three of the last five Dover races. In his spring 2015 win at the Delaware 1-mile oval, Johnson led only the last 23 laps. "There is just something about Dover that fits my driving style," the six-time Cup champion said. "There is some weird pressure that comes with that - we aren't too happy when we aren't running up to our expectations.
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October 30, 1998 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jimmie Johnson always seemed to be in the eye of the storm. At his metal stall in the center of the Eagles' locker room, Johnson was a constant, calming presence from the time Ray Rhodes' tenure in Philadelphia began. But after watching dozens of players come and go in his 3 1/2 seasons here, Johnson was waived yesterday to make roster space for Chris Fontenot, a rookie signed away from Kansas City's practice squad. "I didn't see it coming," Johnson said. "I was looking forward to going into battle against the Cowboys.
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June 4, 2012 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson spent a leisurely Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway, leading for 289 of the 400 laps and watching in his rearview mirror as problems plagued many of his key competitors The closest thing to a mistake Johnson made in winning the FedEx 400 was the rainbow-colored fright wig he wore to Victory Lane, a not-so-subtle nod to his turquoise car's movie-themed sponsor, Madagascar 3 . "It was just...
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May 30, 2013
FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks Dover International Speedway Dover, Del. When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1-mile oval Distance: 400 laps Forecast: chance of isolated thunderstorms, low 80s Last year's winner: Jimmie Johnson Last year's pole winner: Mark Martin, 158.297 mph Track qualifying record: Jeremy Mayfield, 161.522 mph (June 2004) Track facts: Jimmie Johnson dominated last year's race, leading 289 laps, including the last 76. Kevin Harvick was second (his best Dover finish)
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May 13, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Correspondent
THE "DOVER Dominator" is back. Jimmie Johnson, winner of a record 10 Dover Cup races, will attempt to add to his collection Sunday at Dover International Speedway. Johnson has won three of the last five Dover races. In his spring 2015 win at the Delaware 1-mile oval, Johnson led only the last 23 laps. "There is just something about Dover that fits my driving style," the six-time Cup champion said. "There is some weird pressure that comes with that - we aren't too happy when we aren't running up to our expectations.
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October 6, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DOVER, Del. - Kevin Harvick had to win yesterday's NASAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway to advance in the Chase. So all Harvick did was lead a career-high 355 laps of the AAA 400. Starting 15th, his place in the Chase points standings after qualifying was rained out Friday, Harvick seized the lead from polesitter Matt Kenseth on lap 24, then paced most of the remaining laps, including the last 43. In dominating, the defending...
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June 12, 2015 | Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
WHEN YOUR RACING rivals are happy for you, a racer knows he's respected. After Martin Truex Jr. won at Pocono Sunday, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. expressed how happy they were for Truex and his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, who appears healthy after dealing with ovarian cancer. Later, fans wrote emails and called radio stations with similar sentiments. "I'm still answering emails and text messages with congratulations, so that's been awesome," Truex said yesterday on a conference call.
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April 17, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
KYLE BUSCH feels fortunate, very fortunate. In his first media availability yesterday following his crash at Daytona Feb. 21, Busch said the results of the crash "could've been a lot worse. " Busch is recuperating from a compound fracture of his lower right leg and a broken left foot. He sat in an elevated chair on a stage at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters in Huntersville, N.C. His right leg bent normally. He no longer uses a walker and he is doing squats during his daily gym workouts.
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November 6, 2014
WATCHING the postrace "festivities" after Sunday's Texas race, I thought a hockey-style bench-clearing brawl had erupted. I kept expecting to see Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly. As soon as Jeff Gordon parked his race car next to Brad Keselowski's car, I expected some action. When Gordon confronted Keselowski with edgy crew members and others in the vicinity, I was convinced something would happen. It did. After Gordon confronted Keselowski, the brawl began. Serious punches were thrown with the two drivers suffering facial cuts.
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September 30, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DOVER, Del. - Give a NASCAR "Attaboys!" to the Daring Dozen, the 12 Chasers who move on to the Contender Round. Following Jeff Gordon's victory yesterday in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, the 12 are Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne. Their points are all reset at 3,000 prior to the next three races. Give a pat on the back and "good try, y'all" to the four who are eliminated from title contention: Kurt Busch, A.J. Allmendinger, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola.
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September 29, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DOVER, Del. - A grand jury clearing Tony Stewart of any criminal intent in the death of sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. last month is a relief to Stewart and his NASCAR racing colleagues. Ward died when he was hit by Stewart's car during a caution period in a race last month at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. "I know 100 percent in my heart and in my mind that I did not do anything wrong. This was 100 percent an accident," Stewart told the Associated Press on Thursday in his first interview since the grand jury's decision was announced Wednesday.
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September 12, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
SINCE THE CHASE was launched in 2004, only four drivers have won championships: Jimmie Johnson, six; Tony Stewart, two; Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski, one each. I'm sensing there will be a new champion this year: how's that for a tease? No peeking toward the end for my choice. If this year's first 26 pre-Chase races mean anything, the Chase winner will be one of the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers or one of Penske Racing's duo. Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne carry the Hendrick banner; Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano power Penske.
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August 22, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Unlike several Sprint Cup drivers who are desperate for a win to guarantee themselves a place in the Chase, Jeff Gordon is simply racing for a high seeding in the Chase. Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have three wins each this season. "We feel like our Chase has somewhat begun," Gordon said yesterday before an appearance at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand for a Q & A with fans to promote the Sept. 28 Cup race at Dover International Speedway.
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June 20, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
REMEMBER just a few weeks ago when observers were wondering if Jimmie Johnson would win a race before the Chase? By winning three of the last four Cup races, Johnson has those observers hiding under their laptops. Johnson's Hendrick team will be seeking their sixth consecutive victory Sunday at Sonoma, Calif., which would tie the record for the modern era (since 1972). Johnson (three), Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have won the past five races. In 2007, Johnson (four) and Gordon (two)
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