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Jimmie Johnson misses Dover green flag to make repairs in garage

Jimmie Johnson is forced to go to the garage after experiencing what looks to be a suspension issue prior to the race at Dover.

Jimmie Johnson missed the start of Sunday’s Cup race at Dover International Speedway after taking his No. 48 Chevrolet to the garage during the pace laps due to a mechanical issue.

NBCSN’s Kelli Stavast reported it was a lower ball joint failure.

Johnson, who has 11 Dover wins, was set to start the race 13th. After making repairs, Johnson returned to the track 10 laps down.

He was eliminated from the playoffs last week.