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NASCAR At Dover: Jimmie Johnson Assumes Lead As Matt Kenseth's Day Literally Falls Apart

It took more than three-quarters of the race, but Jimmie Johnson is in one of his most familiar spots: out front in the AAA 400 at the Dover International Speedway with just 70 laps remaining.

Johnson beat Kyle Busch off pit road under caution to assume the top spot at lap 311. Busch, who has led 267 laps, runs second. Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Clint Bowyer round out the top-five.

After having only seven cars on the lead lap for most of the day, there are finally a full top-10's worth of cars on the pace. Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, and Martin Truex Jr. round out the top-five.

Matt Kenseth's hopes of winning a championship in his final season at Roush-Fenway Racing probably ended when a front shock fell out of his No. 17 Ford in the Chase open at Chicago, but the death nail in the coffin has come Sunday. Kenseth brought out consecutive cautions thanks to a broken rear-end housing. The second time, he banged the inside wall on lap 317 and now sits a miserable 35th.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.