In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series every race counts, but when drivers find frequent success at a track it becomes their favorite place to go. For the five-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dover is just one of those places for him.
The Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway has given Johnson plenty of wins and success through his career in the Cup Series. Whether it is in the spring or fall, its never a rare moment to see Johnson running up front or as the leader at Dover.
With the first of two Dover races in the 2013 season just around the corner, Johnson has a great opportunity to continue to find success.
In 22 starts at Dover Johnson has gone on to win in seven different occasions. Not only has he gone on to win, but he has also captured 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. Heading into the race on Sunday Johnson goes in with a best average finish among the Cup Series drivers with a 8.6 average finish. Johnson also has a driver rating of 120.6 at the Monster Mile.
Johnson is the last driver to have won at Dover after starting on the pole in the fall 2010 race.
In the 2012 races, Johnson dominated in the spring for his seventh win and continued to be among the leaders in the fall race. He flirted with the top spot in the fall but eventually ended up with a top five finish in fourth.
In Friday’s Cup Series practice session, Johnson led practice and took the top spot on the speed charts. After practice he looked like he’s in great position to defend his 2012 spring race win, but going into Sunday Johnson may have his work cut out for him.
During Friday’s Cup Series qualifying session Johnson qualified towards mid pack in 24th after having some trouble in his qualifying lap. He will have to work his way up if he wants to keep the lead in the points and contend for another win at Dover. Although starting mid-pack may seem like a problem for the five-time champion at a track that’s favored him before, he’s also worked his way up in the past.