Johnson a ‘monster’ at Dover

DOVER, DE - MAY 31: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE - MAY 31:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE – MAY 31: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

DOVER, Del. — By the numbers, no driver is better at Dover International Speedway than Jimmie Johnson.

In 24 Sprint Cup starts, Johnson owns a track record eight victories (one more than Richard Petty and Bobby Allison), 12 top-five finishes and 17 top 10s.

“(It’s) my favorite race track, and by the stats, probably our best track as well,” says Johnson, sixth in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points after posting his first victory of the season in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, another track where the six-time champ has been dominant over the years.

What makes the No. 48 team so strong at Dover?

“At the end of the day, there is a feel – a sensation – I look for to get around this race track,” says Johnson, who noted that his team seems to have a “little spring in its step” following last week’s win. “Everything here has worked well for me, for Chad (crew chief Knaus), for the team, (for) our equipment. It’s just been a very strong track for us.”

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