Jimmie Johnson leads halfway in FedEx 400 at Dover

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Kyle Busch’s bid to earn a second weekend sweep in his career ended early in what has been a very strange first half of Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson led at the halfway point, 200 of the scheduled 400 laps. Johnson led 80 of the first 200 laps and is seeking his second consecutive win of the season, having won last Sunday in Charlotte at the Coca-Cola 600.

Jeff Gordon was running second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin.

The race was redflagged for more than a half hour on Lap 160 to repair a chunk of concrete that broke loose from the surface in Turn 2.

The loose piece of concrete damaged the front end of Jamie McMurray’s car, and pieces that bounced off McMurray’s car flew up in the air as well and cracked some of the glass panels in the pedestrian crossover bridge above Turn 2. No injuries were reported in that incident.

Click here for the rest of all that happened earlier in the race.

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Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup

MORE: Stage 13 wrapup

MORE: Stage 12 wrapup

MORE: Stage 11 wrapup

MORE: Stage 10 wrapup

MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions

MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

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MORE: Stage 6 wrapup

MORE: Stage 5 wrapup

MORE: Stage 4 wrapup

MORE: Stage 3 wrapup

MORE: Stage 2 wrapup

MORE: Stage 1 wrapup