— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 4, 2017
Jimmie Johnson scored his 11th win at Dover and his 83rd career win Sunday. Johnson led a total of 7 laps in a race he in all seriousness shouldn’t have won. If not for a late caution, a poor NASCAR track cleaning job and a really dumb NASCAR rule Kyle Larson scoots to his third career win and a Dover Cup win that has eluded him.
Watching the video of that final restart you can see Larson spun the tires which allowed Johnson to jump out to the lead. Storming into turn 2 and down the backstretch the field hit a ton of speed dry that NASCAR and the track completely failed to clean up which triggered a Talladega style wreck that will certainly be on ESPN Monday morning.
Now you’re thinking, there’s a G-W-C coming up!
NASCAR has an overtime line that is at the the 3/4 spot of the back stretch and if leaders pass that on a GWC the race is declared official. The series made a line to replace a line they already had. Under the correct rules for anyone with a brain there would have been another restart since the leader didn’t reach the start finish line. Instead the fans were cheated out of a proper finish which was the point of the GWC in the first place. This overtime line is like an NFL game ending when someone gets past the 50 yard line. They tried the hardest for half the field, winners! Jim Harbaugh would not approve.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 4, 2017
Kyle Larson led over half the race, 241 of the 400 laps. Failed to win because David Ragan couldn’t not wreck and NASCAR couldn’t clean a track properly while also implementing an asinine overtime line rule. Another race that Larson should have won but didn’t. Add it to the last two Homestead races NASCAR has thrown bogus cautions in the closing laps. This time it was the track cleaning that cost him combined with a dumb rule.
Overall Sunday was a pretty decent race. Spring Dover has turned into a fairly good race the last two years. While the track really only deserves one date it’s nice to see good shows being put on.
Goodyear Hates Ford
Well not really but Fords couldn’t stop blowing tires and hitting the wall. Landon Cassil, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse and Danica all spun, hit the wall or crashed. Some were tires, most were tires but it was only a Ford thing. Obviously their setups were cambered too much or something considering no one else had issues.
Other than that it was an eventful day but not too eventful in the way it didn’t affect many of the top runners. Paul Menard crashed and everyone was reminded Paul Menard is in fact still a Cup driver. Ty Dillon ran up front before NASCAR failed to clean the track and he caused that huge wreck. Cole Whitt and Ross Chastain had a nice little battle that resulted in Jimmie Johnson flipping them off.
NASCAR moves on to Pocono next weekend.
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