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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jimmie Johnson shows why he’s always the favorite for the championship

This is what champions do.

When Jimmie Johnson struggled early, he didn’t panic. He ran mid-pack for a while and told crew chief Chad Knaus what was going on. The necessary adjustments were made and, slowly but surely, he crept up the front.

Now that it was back in the driver’s hands, a classic Martinsville bump-and-run pass was pulled off with precision, with nobody ending up in the wall, and at the end of the day Johnson was in Victory Lane for the fifth time in the last six Martinsville races.

Pretty soon he’s going to run out of room for those grandfather clocks.

With the win, Johnson jumped all the way up to 4th in the point standings, and you’d be crazy to bet against him reaching the top of the point standings at some point in the near future.

There are very few things you can count on in life.
The sun will come up each morning and set each night.
The government will want more taxes from you every year.
And no matter who else is running strongest in the Cup Series early in the season, Jimmie Johnson will always surge at the right time and have the best chance at winning the title by the time November comes.

For everyone other than Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus and Rick Hendrick, this is a very annoying thing. I would love a world where the Chase began and there were 12 legitimate title contenders competing each week for the crown. I would love not knowing that Jimmie Johnson will finish in the top 3, probably 1st.

Unfortunately that’s not the case, and the great team performance by Johnson and Knaus on Sunday is the perfect example of why he is always your best bet to win the Cup title.

Almirola running out of time
Earnhardt Ganassi’s Aric Almirola is done after Texas, barring sponsorship showing up. I’m not sure what to make of this kid. Early in his career he put on some strong runs and showed some promise, but lately he’s done nothing but bring out cautions.

Robby the riddle
Robby Gordon caused so many cautions it was silly on Sunday. It continues to amaze me that a guy who’s among the best ever when it comes to road racing can be so terrible so often in a Cup car. It’s really one of the true mysteries of the racing world.


Blogger 48JJ4PEAT said...

Well, it's not annoying to EVERYONE else but Johnson, Knaus and Hendrick...we Jimmie Johnson fans love him for exactly that: his innate ability to be absolutely invisible during a race when he is "not quite right" and then storm to the front to win the whole thing. He made me a NASCAR fan in 2004 and I know I'll remain one for a very long time after he retires.

Absolutely great comment about sun, taxes and Jimmie and thanks for leaving death out!

Robby Gordon: Get OUT of NASCAR!! You simply don't get "stockcars"...

Thanks for the article!

March 30, 2009 at 10:54 AM 

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