FedEx 400 recap: Tame race day overall and a win for Stewart


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The FedEx 400 in Dover was a pretty tame race for NASCAR compared to some other races this year. Cautions were few and mostly for single or two-car incidents. Denny Hamlin, who has FedEx as a primary sponsor, began the race on the pole but had a right front tire go down late in the event, pretty much ruining his chances for a decent finish. It further adds to his difficulty in making the Chase since he missed several races due to injury earlier this year.

View attachment 2386 About the most exciting conflict of the 400 miles was Ryan Newman's unending attack on David Gilliland, eventually bumping the other car up into the wall. Unfortunately for the aggressor, Gilliland 's 38-car came right back down the track and into Newman's, stopping the race for both drivers at that point.

Kyle Busch led much of the race early on before Jimmie Johnson took the helm. With 20 to go, Juan Pablo Montoya beat Johnson out of the pits, but Montoya never got started when the green flag waved. Johnson zoomed out front, taking command, only then NASCAR called him out for jumping the restart and he had to serve a pit road penalty. Though he whined foul on his radio to crew chief Chad Knaus, replays clearly showed that Johnson beat Montoya to the restart area and that NASCAR had made the correct call. In the end, he finished 17th.

Driver of the 24 car, Jeff Gordon, had a rough day and yet battled hard to finish third. This tied him with the great David Pearson for 301 top five finishes all time.

Owner/driver Tony Stewart came out of nowhere, passing Montoya as the laps dwindled down, to win the race.

In the race to the Chase, tentative results at Dover's end have Johnson remaining on top with Carl Edwards in second. Gordon jumped up four tops and is now in 11th with Stewart up to 16th.