DOVER, Del. - Race number two of the 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup belonged to Jimmie Johnson, who dominated Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Johnson's win was good enough to pull him to within 35 points of series leader Denny Hamlin.
Here's a quick capsule on how the twelve Chase drivers fared Sunday at "The Monster Mile."
(1st) Jimmie Johnson - Put his 25th place finish in last week's Chase opener far in the rear view mirror with a commanding win to score the 53rd victory of his Sprint Cup career with 19 coming within the Chase.
(2nd) Jeff Burton - Stayed far away from the Richard Childress Racing controversy that swirled around Dover all weekend to notch a much-needed second place finish behind Johnson and lay claim that the veteran driver should not be forgotten as a title contender.
(4th) Kurt Busch - Got pegged for a pit road speeding penalty but methodically worked his way back into contention to score a quiet but necessary top five.
(5th) Carl Edwards - "Mr. Consistent" did it again and kept his incredible streak of top finishes alive with a run at Dover which has always been a solid track for Edwards and the Roush Fenway Racing team.
(6th) Kyle Busch - Looked well on his way to his second Dover sweep weekend of the season and fourth straight victory at "The Monster Mile" until Johnson was able to run him down and pass him for the lead and win with just over fifty laps remaining.
(9th) Denny Hamlin - The man in the middle of the weekend's controversy didn't challenge for a win but came home with the consistent finish he was after at a place that is considered Hamlin's worst of the ten Chase tracks. Maybe a moral victory but good enough to stay on top of the point standings.
(11th) Jeff Gordon - Just outside the top ten isn't going to cut it for Gordon who continues to stay relevant but can't seem to break through with an all-out performance or win.
(15th) Kevin Harvick - Got inside Hamlin's head with their Saturday practice tiff but wasn't able to capitalize with a better finish to take any kind of bite out of the point lead.
(18th) Matt Kenseth - Damaged his car when a tire blew after Kenseth missed pit road and the subsequent repairs needed to his left front fender took him from contention about midway through the race.
(19th) Greg Biffle - A far cry from his previous success at Dover which included a win in this race just two years ago.
(21st) Tony Stewart - Wasn't very competitive all weekend and pit road speeding penalties compounded the long day for the two-time series champion.
(25th) Clint Bowyer - Went from the best Chaser last week in New Hampshire to the worst of the bunch Sunday in Dover, which was a long afternoon complete with a few slips and slides into the wall.