Johnson looking to rebound at the Monster Mile
By Daniel Courson
June 1, 2017
It is no secret that Jimmie Johnson could be considered the king of Dover International Speedway.
With ten victories at the famous track nicknamed “The Monster Mile,” the seven-time champion has dominated at the one-mile concrete oval throughout his career.
However, Johnson’s recent performance at Dover has largely slipped under the radar because of his success at the speedway.
“Dover is my favorite track on the circuit,” Johnson said in a press release. “I get asked all the time why, and it really just suits my driving style and off-road racing background.
“It’s been a while since we’ve put the Lowe’s Chevy in Victory Lane there so it would be nice to make it win number 11 this weekend.”
It has been two years since Johnson went to victory lane at Dover. Johnson led 23 laps to win for the tenth time in 2015, the most among active drivers.
Johnson led for a combined 515 laps en route to back-to-back victories in the Fall of 2013 and Spring of 2014.
Johnson has failed to finish on the lead lap at the Monster Mile in his last three starts, including a 41st finish that knocked him out of championship contention in 2015.
In his last five starts at Dover, the driver of the Lowe’s Chevrolet has led 117 laps around the high-banked oval. In his five starts before the Fall of 2014, Johnson was the leader of 990 laps.
With two victories in 2017, Johnson sits eighth in points, holding a playoff-eligible position.
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