Race Weekend Update
- Jimmie Johnson won the 48th Annual AAA 400 Drive For Autism, his 83rd victory in 556 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. This is his third victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2017. This is his 11th victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 31 races at Dover International Speedway.
- The victory was the 83rd of Johnson's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, and it tied him for sixth on the all-time wins list with Yarborough, a NASCAR Hall of Famer. Johnson was ready for the occasion. He had a Yarborough tribute helmet to put on top of the winning car and a vintage No. 28 Yarborough Hardee's hat to wear in Victory Lane.
- Kyle Larson (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Dover International Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2017.
- Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 23 races at Dover International Speedway.
- Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
- Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 9 points over Kyle Larson.
VIDEO: See the wild Dover finish: www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/franchises/exhilarating-moments-of-the-race.monster-energy-nascar-cup-series-dover-final-laps-johnson-captures-83rd-win.5459490642001.html
NEXT RACE: This weekend at Pocono Raceway; TV live on FS1 at noon on Sunday.
FORCE, HAGAN, ENDERS EARN VICTORIES AT NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS
Brittany Force raced to the Top Fuel victory Sunday afternoon at the fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway. Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) also notched victories in their respective categories at the ninth of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Force earned the fourth victory of her career and first of the season with a pass of 3.716 seconds at 328.62 mph in her Monster Energy dragster to defeat Antron Brown who ran a 3.728 at 327.98 in his Matco Tools dragster in the final round.
Force qualified second for the event and defeated Steve Chrisman, Troy Coughlin Jr., Shawn Langdon and Brown on her way to the victory. Force now sits at sixth in the points standings and is the fifth Top Fuel winner of the season. Brown defeated Shawn Reed, Scott Palmer and points leader Leah Pritchett before reaching his fourth final round of the season.
Hagan powered to the 25th victory of his career and third of the season with a 3.897 pass at 332.59 in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger Funny Car to defeat Courtney Force who ran a 3.927 at 332.34 in her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro.
Two-time Pro Stock world champion Enders secured her 22nd career victory and first since the fall Las Vegas event in 2015 with a 6.534 at 213.16 in her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro to defeat rookie Tanner Gray who ran a 6.550 at 212.06 in his Gray Motorsports Chevy Camaro.
Enders now sits at sixth in the standings and is the seventh different Pro Stock winner of the season. After qualifying second, Enders defeated reigning world champion Jason Line and points leader Bo Butner before knocking off Gray. Gray lined up against Val Smeland and Drew Skillman before reaching his third final round of the season.
VIDEO: Terry McMillen suffers massive engine explosion: www.nhra.com/videos/2017/terry-mcmillen-s-engine-blows-epping
NEXT RACE: This weekend at NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park; TV Live on FS1 on Sunday.
Rahal completes impressive weekend victory sweep at Detroit's Belle Isle
Graham Rahal completed a near-perfect Verizon IndyCar Series weekend with another dominating performance today to finish off a sweep of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear doubleheader.
Rahal, in the No. 15 SoldierStrong / TurnsForTroops.com Honda, survived a two-lap dash to the checkered flag, holding off Team Penske's Josef Newgarden by 1.1772 seconds to back up his victory Saturday on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park's temporary street course. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver becomes the first driver to sweep a Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend since Scott Dixon won both races on the streets of Toronto in 2013.
"All around just a spectacular weekend for us," said Rahal, whose win was the sixth of his 11-year Indy car career and the 25th for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. It's the first time the team has won consecutive races since Kenny Brack accomplished the feat in 2001 at Twin Ring Motegi and the Milwaukee Mile.
With the two triumphs, Rahal vaulted nine spots in the championship standings, to sixth place after eight of 17 races. The 28-year-old Ohioan won from the third starting position and becomes the first driver to win two Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.
NEXT RACE: This Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600. Rahal is the defending champion. Live coverage starts on NBCSN at 5 p.m. PT.
- Wednesday Night Drags, Top the Cops and Sonoma Drift return this Wednesday
- Raceway Unveils The RevZone for NASCAR weekend: sonomaraceway.com/media/news_archive/sonoma-raceway-unveils-new-revzone-for-nascar-weekend.html