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What: Gander RV 400
Where: Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE
When: Sunday, May 5th at 2:00 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
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Jimmie Johnson‘s slump continues.
After getting caught in a crash at Talladega, his winless streak is now at 69 races.
Teammate Chase Elliott scored the first win of the season for Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet this past weekend.
Dover could be the perfect place for Johnson to snap out of his poor form.
The all-time leader in wins at the Monster Mile, the seven-time champion hopes for a possible turnaround this weekend.
Until now, Johnson’s longest winless streak had been a 21 races stretch in 2012.
The seven-time champion had never gone a full season without scoring at least three victories.
While Hendrick Motorsports has faced a clear decline in form since 2014, the #48 kept himself among the contenders.
Johnson ultimately triumphed against the odds and scored his record-tying seventh championship in 2016.
His decline began during the second half of the 2017 season.
The #48 has failed to win a race since, having two third-place finishes as his best results.
Things haven’t gone much better this season, but that’s also the case for Chevrolet teams as a whole.
Johnson trails teammate Chase Elliott by 86 points in the standings.
Elliott is fresh off his and Chevrolet’s first win of the season at Talladega.
Right now, Johnson is battling Paul Menard and Erik Jones for another playoff berth.
He is the only driver in series’ history to have never missed the postseason since its implementation in 2004.
His best result in 2019 was the fifth place at Texas, a race that also marked his first pole since 2016.
Johnson’s dominance at Dover began in his rookie year.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver swept both races in 2002, scoring his second and third career victories.
Every year from 2012 to 2015, Jimmie Johnson won at least one race at Dover.
His most recent win in the Cup Series came at the 2017 edition of the spring race.
Johnson was winless over the next three outings at the Monster Mile.
On the other hand, his best result during the drought was the third place at Dover.
Chevrolet has also dominated at the Monster Mile in recent years.
Since Gen 6’s introduction back in 2013, Chevy has won eight out of 12 races.
This includes an impressive six consecutive wins from 2013 until 2015.
Chevy’s most recent victories at Dover also came by the hands of Hendrick Motorsports.
Jimmie Johnson won the 2017 spring race, while Chase Elliott won during the playoffs last season.
If there is a place where Johnson’s career-long drought can come to an end, that’s definitely Dover.
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