Jimmie Johnson wins at Dover

Jimmie Johnson wins at Dover

Jimmie Johnson wins at Dover

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 12:32 PM

DOVER, Del. — Jimmie Johnson seemingly had it all. He won the pole, dominated again to win at Dover International Speedway and held his baby daughter in his arms in victory lane for the first time.

He called it a dream weekend.

But it wasn't enough for the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.

Johnson let the field know his bid for a fifth consecutive title is alive and thriving by winning the second race of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Sunday for his sixth victory of the season.

"Yes, today was a big victory and hopefully a step toward the championship," Johnson said, "but it's not the prize we want."

Johnson has virtually owned Dover the last two years, winning for the third time in four races on the mile concrete oval. He shook off a poor finish in last week's Chase opener in New Hampshire to turn the fastest qualifying lap, cruise to the checkered flag and shoot from sixth to second in points among the 12 drivers eligible for the Chase.

Denny Hamlin, who finished ninth in the AAA 400, leads Johnson by 35 points.

"A lot of people are waiting for us to slip up like we have in the past, but I don't see it this time around," Hamlin said.

Jeff Burton was second.

Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., finished 19th and is ninth in the Chase standings. Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw placed 28th of 43.

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