Jimmie Johnson raced his way to another routine romp at Dover (Delaware) International Speedway.
He followed last week's victory in the Coca-Cola 600 with another sensational run at Dover, extending his track victory record to nine. Johnson was the class of the field in a race red-flagged for 22 minutes because of a pothole in the concrete track.
Johnson led 272 of 400 laps and won consecutive races for the 13th time. The six-time Cup champion swept Dover in 2002 and 2009 and won races in 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Brad Keselowski was second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin.
"For sure, when you come to Dover, it's always the 48," Kenseth said. "We've got to figure out how to get ahead of him."
Good luck. Johnson's checkered flag celebrations at Dover have seemingly become a rite of the NASCAR season. He became Dover's career leader in laps led when he hit the 2,802 mark and again stamped himself as contender for a series-tying seventh championship.
"It's amazing that we can stay on top of things here with the different generation car, different rules, different tires," Johnson said. "This place just fits my style and (crew chief) Chad Knaus' style."
Johnson never left any doubt his No. 48 Chevrolet was the car to beat, the only drama coming when the race was stopped after 160 laps when Ryan Newman's car pulled up chunks of the track that kicked back and damaged Jamie McMurray's car. The race was soon stopped, and crews weren't allowed to work on the cars. McMurray's plea for an exception was denied.
More pieces of the track flew up and cracked a window on the pedestrian crossover bridge. NASCAR officials and safety crews went to work on the pothole and applied a quick-drying concrete mix.
"It started to come back up at the end, but I didn't think it was a major issue," Keselowski said. "It was definitely a major issue at first when it happened. I could feel it when I was driving over it, and you knew it was only going to get worse."
IndyCar Series: Helio Castroneves easily won the second Detroit Grand Prix race of the weekend, finishing 1.6836 seconds ahead of Penske Racing teammate Will Power.
"You dream about these weekends," team owner Roger Penske said. "To be as strong as we were and see both guys in the winner's circle."
Castroneves' lead was so large that when he made his final pit stop on Lap 49 he still was ahead when he got back on the track.
The competition got closer after cautions led to restarts with seven and three laps left, but Castroneves could not be caught.
He has 29 IndyCar victories, tying Rick Mears for 11th on the career list. "Oh, really?" Castroneves asked. "Wow. What an honor."
NHRA: Richie Crampton raced to his first career Top Fuel victory in the NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, New Jersey, to become the 100th category winner in NHRA history. Cruz Pedregon won in Funny Car, Jeg Coughlin in Pro Stock and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle.