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NASCAR At Dover: Caution Flags Set Up FedEx 400 Dash With 50 Laps Remaining

A yellow flag for debris with 61 laps remaining and another for a blown engine by Kurt Busch with 55 to go in the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway has given the rest of the field a shot at Jimmie Johnson and likely ended Jeff Gordon's hopes of snatching a win.

Gordon, who had to pit at lap 250 for a loose wheel, took the lead when the other cars pitted under green. He had made his last pit stop 75 laps from the end and was looking to go the rest of the way to win the race and likely would have if not for the yellow flag.

Johnson made a jump on the restart, pulling away from Matt Kenseth and taking teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. with him, but Busch's engine blew immediately therafter to draw the caution flag and give re-bunch the field. Gordon will be able to pit for fresh tires and fuel to carry him to the end as he tries to slice through the field to get the best finish possible.

Johnson leads, ahead of Earnhardt, Kenseth, polesitter Mark Martin, and Kevin Harvick.

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