Jimmie Johnson broke a three-way tie for the most number of wins at Dover International Speedway when he claimed his eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup win at the venue on Sunday in the 2013 AAA 400. Afterwards, the five-time Cup champion and his crew chief Chad Knaus met with the media.
We welcome race winner Jimmie Johnson. This is Jimmie's 65th victory, fifth victory of 2013, eighth victory at Dover which breaks a record with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison.
Talk about the moment, Jimmie.
It's really cool. I'm not sure I've ever done what Richard Petty hasn't. To get this eighth win here is very, very special. Truthfully it was the first thought that went through my mind when I crossed the finish line. It wasn't long after I thought of the impact of winning in the Chase, wondering where the #20 was.
Big day. I came so close in the spring to getting this eighth win here and had that slip away, it was nice to get it done today.
Also joining us is crew chief Chad Knaus. Talk a little bit about being here with Jimmie, this win, only eight points behind Matt now. Shaping up to be a bit of a battle.
Yeah, this is obviously a great racetrack for us. Jimmie has really taken to this place starting back in 2002 when we first came.
It's pretty spectacular every time I hear Jimmie's name mentioned in the same sentence as guys like Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Sr., all the guys that have done so well throughout the history of our sport. To be able to one-up those guys right now is pretty spectacular.
Very proud to be part of the #48 team. Had a great racecar. Wasn't the easiest weekend for us. We had to work hard. Jimmie used a lot of his knowledge and veteran knowledge to get us to where we are today.
Chad, this is the first time in seven races that you guys have outscored Kenseth in a race. I know you have both said, Look, it's about how you've run at times, it's not about all the finishes. At the end of the day, what kind of significance is there in the sense that you've actually beaten him in a race head-to-head for the first time in over a month?
What are you talking about again? Just kidding (smiling).