With 11 wins at the track, Jimmie Johnson is the undisputed king of Dover International Speedway.
But since he won at the 1-mile track in June, the seven-time Cup champion has not finished in the top five. In fact, he’s only finished in the top 10 four times since.
The No. 48 Chevrolet also hasn’t led a lap since the July race at Daytona.
NASCAR America analysts Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty discussed whether Dover will offer a respite to Johnson and his team.
“Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and some others have started to challenge him a little bit more at these race tracks,” Dale Jarrett said. “But this is a weekend too, as we go up there and get ready to go, I find it hard to believe that they can go there and compete for a win. But I’m not about to say (Johnson) can’t go there and win this race this weekend too.”
Said Kyle Petty: “He gets up for this place. Having said that, I don’t think we’ve seen the speed out of this team for the last three or four months. Not leading a lap since July. That’s not Jimmie Johnson. That’s not Chad Knaus. That’s not Hendrick Motorsports when we look at it. ”
Watch the video for more on Johnson’s recent challenges.