Johnson wins thriller at Dover

Published 1:16 am Monday, June 1, 2009

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson nosed past Tony Stewart with two laps left in a thrilling battle to the finish and has won the Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway.

Johnson pushed Stewart over the final few laps Sunday on the concrete and finally caught him with an outside pass. Johnson won his second race of the season and got his fourth career Cup victory at Dover.

Johnson dominated most of the race and led 298 total laps. He had a slow pit stop with 36 laps left that dropped him from the lead. With crew chief Chad Knaus telling Johnson he would catch Stewart, Johnson pulled it out.

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He was followed by Stewart, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 12th in his first race with crew chief Lance McGrew.