It was a typical Jimmie Johnson performance at Dover International Speedway as he dominated in winning the FedEx 400 Sunday.
Johnson led a race-high 272 of 400 laps and was never seriously challenged in winning for a second week in a row, and record ninth time in his career at the 1-mile track.
Brad Keselowski finished second, with Matt Kenseth in third. Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin, who overcame an earlier penalty for speeding on pit road, completed the top five finishers.
"The first run or two I didn't think we were in a dominant position, but towards the end of the first run things started coming around and I felt like we were in great shape," Johnson said. "Even with some varying track strategies and I lost track position, we were still able to smoke our way through traffic and get to the front and control things."
A late race caution for the shredded tire off of Casey Mears' car seemed to make things interesting with nine laps to go. But Johnson never pitted, electing to maintain track position as did the top five running cars.
On the subsequent restart, Keselowski attempted to challenge Johnson, until the defending Sprint Cup champion quickly reasserted his lead.
"We were pretty equal to Jimmie there but never got a crack at him," Keselowski said. "I would have liked a shot. It was a decent day for us finishing second, and that is something to be proud of, but we want one spot more."
A pair of red flags slowed the race. The first occurred for a multi-car accident triggered when AJ Allmendinger made contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who then collected Greg Biffle among others. Stenhouse and Biffle, teammates at Roush Fenway Racing, both incurred significant damage.
The second red flag was for a chunk of concrete that came up out of the track in Turn 2 on Lap 160. Track workers fixed the surface during the 22-minute, 22-second delay, and the race continued without incident.
"When I came off of the corner, it just felt like I hit something obviously heavy," said Jamie McMurray, who hit the piece of concrete. "Initially I thought I'd blown a tire out. When I hit it, it actually pushed the car to the right and I got into the fence a little bit. And as I slowed down, I couldn't figure out first off why I didn't hit the fence harder, and then what happened. I didn't see anything."
Outside pole-sitter Kyle Busch appeared to have a car capable of keeping pace with Johnson, leading the first 81 laps. Busch's day ended, though, on Lap 125 when Bowyer pulled in front of him off of Turn 4, causing Busch to hit the wall.