Jimmie Johnson summed up his Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway in a one-word tweet:
The 11-time Dover winner finished ninth in the AAA 400 and surprisingly, never led a lap. Johnson has also gone 34 races since finding Victory Lane in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as this race one year ago was his most recent win.
That stat also made Johnson’s social media page.
“It’s fair to say they’re pretty high,” Johnson admitted of his expectations for Dover. “I just try to fall into a rhythm and go to that place that I know and the car usually drivers more efficiently that way, and I start moving forward.
“Just over the years it’s gotten so hard to pass, and the cars are so aero-dependent that starting 19th like we did wasn’t helpful and then there were a couple of other things that put us back.
“If we can get our Fridays sorted out and start closer to the front, we’ll have much better finishes.”
Johnson ran as high as fourth during the race.
In 11 starts, Johnson has four top-10 finishes. He has still not led a lap this year.