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DOVER, Del. (USA Today Sports)-- It took Jimmie Johnson 12 races to get his first victory of 2014.

Now it looks like he might never stop winning.

Johnson, already the all-time wins leader at Dover International Speedway, spanked the field again Sunday in the FedEx 400 to score his second victory in a row and ninth overall at the 1-mile concrete track.

The defending Sprint Cup Series champion has made the questions about his lack of wins until the Coca-Cola 600 seem silly. Not only is Johnson back to his usual form, but the six-time and reigning champion might just be the favorite for title No. 7, which would tie him with NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup is still months away, but Johnson's back-to-back wins and his Dover domination suddenly have him scaring the competition again.

Johnson, who became Dover's all-time leader in laps led Sunday, was never seriously challenged once he took the lead from Matt Kenseth around the halfway point of the race. The field got a shot at the No. 48 car on a restart with 34 laps to go, but Johnson smoked the competition again and simply drove away.

"Yes, boys!" Johnson said on the team radio. "What a car!"

"It is incredible. I have so much to be thankful for: awesome race team, awesome car, awesome family. And look, we got Evie and Lydia into victory lane," the driver of the No. 48 said as he celebrated with family.

"(Crew chief Chad Knaus) told me I'd love the car, and sure enough, he unloaded and he was right."

Runner-up Brad Keselowski tried to stay with Johnson on a restart with four laps to go, but he couldn't mount enough of a threat. Matt Kenseth finished third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin.

"We just had an up and down day," Keselowski said. "Paul Wolfe and the crew made a lot of adjustments, and halfway in, the car just woke up. I thought we were pretty equal to Jimmie at that point, but we just ran out of laps. If I could have gotten into the front row alongside him, I feel like I might have had a shot at him."

Kyle Busch led the first 81 laps of the race in search of a weekend tripleheader sweep, but Johnson tracked him down and passed him for the lead.

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