By Steve Pouliot - 3 June 2012: Jimmie Johnson, who led 289 of 400 laps
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, picked up his second victory of the season (in addition to a win in the May 19 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) and his second victory in the last three points races as the #48 Hendricks Chevy dominated today at Dover. All of it gets Madagascar 3 a big boost, almost as big as Marty's Afro Circus dance.
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"I'm just proud of this hair." Johnson said, referring tot he multi-colored afro wigs. "The hair really brought some speed to the team. I could see our engine tuner who is catching the front tires that came across on pit stops, and I got a laugh every time I came on to pit road. Just a fun day. Clearly we had a fast race car, amazing pit stops. Strategy, when you lead the most laps, sometimes at the end the way the cautions fall it can backfire on the dominant car, and the way cautions fell today, it allowed us to really flex our muscle and bring home the win. So, proud of the effort and you know it was a brand new race car we brought to the track. Had never seen a racetrack before and rolled off the truck and awesome all weekend long."
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ON ANOTHER NOTE about Tony Stewart and a few others:
Tony Stewart was involved in a 12 car accident early on today at Dover, effectively ending his day at lap ten. Crew Chief Steve Addington and the Office Depot team fought back well, bringing the #14 Chevy team home a respectable 25th.
“You know, we finished 25th last week at Charlotte, and none of us were happy about it,” said Stewart, referencing his frustrating run in last Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. “To finish 25th here, on a day like today, we’ll take it, because it could’ve been a lot worse.
“We made the best out of a bad situation. We really haven’t been very good here lately, so to have more than 300 laps to test at a track that we’ll come back to in the fall during the Chase is something that you really can’t duplicate anywhere else. I mean, no one wants to finish 25th, but all things considered, this one doesn’t hurt as bad.”
With round 13 of 36 complete, Stewart continues to lead the SHR duo in the championship point standings. He picked up one spot to climb to eighth and has 407 points, 79 back of series leader Greg Biffle and one point ahead of ninth-place Busch. Newman maintained his 13th-place standing and has 366 points, which puts him 120 points behind Biffle while providing a one-point cushion over 14th-place Kasey Kahne. Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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