Category: Jimmie Johnson

Apr 08 2013

Johnon Strong at Martinsville, Again

Jimmie Johnson won his 8th race at Martinsville yesterday, his 62nd overall, in another dominating performance from a Hendrick machine at the track. Had that one caution not came when it did, he would’ve had his hands full with Jeff Gordon gaining on him by 3 tenths of a second a lap, but it wasn’t to be. Chad mad some adjustments and on the next restart, Johnson, Bowyer and Gordon all ran their fasteest laps with Jimmie pulling away for good.

If a victory at a short track can ever be called a walk in the park, Johnson enjoyed a Sunday stroll from start to finish. At no point in the race did he run below fifth.

“I think the fact that we had just such a calm weekend was the biggest part,” Johnson said. “It’s easy to start chasing things here and get yourself off track. We always race well, and fortunately here you pit a lot and you can make big changes to your race car to get you in the ball game.

“We’ve won races where we were just terrible to start the race, having no fun. (Crew chief) Chad (Knaus) is throwing spring rubbers in the car and the track bar is coming up or down, wedge in and out, all those huge, huge changes, and we get ourselves in contention.

“I don’t know where we were — someone said the worst I was on the track today was fourth [actually, fifth]. We just executed from the first laps in practice to where we were at the end of the race, and that was fun. We weren’t chasing a setup or track conditions or a variety of things that we’ve done in the past.” Source: Nascar.com

Kurt Busch had an interesting ride, landing in the wall with his car on fire and bringing out the red flag, check the video below.
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Apr 25 2011

Johnson Wins at Talladega

Jimmie Johnson wins at Talladega.

It was an exciting race at the end, I really don’t like the two car racing but it did make for a good ending, and if Jeff Gordon had waited about a half a lap to start his run to the front, he’d have won another Talladega race. At least he’ll have good notes for the next one.

Here’s how they finished:
1 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
2 10 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T
3 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger
4 4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy
5 38 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser
6 20 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac
7 17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Scotch-Blue Painter’s Tape
8 3 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / GoDaddy.com
9 39 34 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell
10 36 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot
11 16 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy
12 5 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Schrock Cabinetry / Menards
13 26 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
14 14 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine
15 18 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies
16 27 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Cat Financial
17 30 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1
18 8 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil-AAA
19 37 71 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services
20 42 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Fast Five / Speed Energy
21 21 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
22 40 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO
23 29 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office
24 15 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bush’s Baked Beans
25 23 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation
26 43 46 Bill Elliott Chevrolet Red Line Oil
27 35 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral
28 12 115 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s / Auburn National Champions
29 28 38 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver’s / TMone
30 13 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
31 6 09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit
32 24 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt
33 19 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite
34 41 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy
35 34 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s Pretzel
36 25 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal Black
37 31 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull
38 9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
39 7 6 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics”
40 11 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Good Sam Club / Camping World
41 22 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports
42 33 135 Steve Park Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing
43 32 97 Kevin Conway Toyota Extenze

Nov 24 2009

Johnson Wins 4th Straight Chase Championship

The Chase for the Johnson is over; Jimmie Johnson has won his fourth straight Chase championship in a row, making Nascar history. Of course, IMHO, its recent history, just because he’s won four chase championships, I don’t hold that in as high regard as I would four Winston Cup championships. If we were still under the old points system, Jimmie would have two championships, this year and 2006, with Gordon winning 2007 and Edwards winning 2008. So, not to take anything away from Jimmie, who is going to be one of the all time greats, four championships in a row is hard to do in any sport, and in Nascar, all it takes is one more wreck or mechanical failure and you’re whole season can be different.

I do agree that Johnson stands alone, as Duane Cross puts it in this article on Nascar.com, he is one of the greats, but you can’t compare these guys anymore like we used to be able to, the points system is completely different, and I am sure if you applied the Chase rules to every Nascar season it would change the results, mainly because the Chase format sucks. To go from the best over the whole season to the best over the last ten races is a big swing, maybe if you took the top 12 drivers and have them vote on the final ten races, that might be more interesting.

Mark Martin looked like he was going to be tough on Sunday, but they weren’t as good as they thought they were going to be, Denny Hamlin was the guy to beat at the end, winning his 8th race overall.
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Nov 01 2009

No Action Sprint Cup Auto Racing

That is what Nascar has become, No Action Sprint Cup Auto Racing. Has anyone ever watched a more boring race at Talladega? I don’t think so. Now, I’m not just talking about the wrecks, Ryan Newman had a pretty scary flip and wreck, I’m talking about the lack of racing. How long did they race single file tonight? I’m not sure, but I found myself doing other stuff and not just watching the race. They may as well just run 20 laps and call it a race. Nascar is going to make it easy for me to quit watching the race when Jeff Gordon retires, and I’ll be able to go back to watching the NFL like I used to every Sunday.

Oh, and the Chase is pretty much over now, it looked like it was really going to tighten up, until the end when Ryan flipped his car and they red flagged it, cars were running out of gas, Johnson and them topped off first because they were in the back, so they benefitted with all the cars running out of gas, and then the second wreck made sure no one else was going to pass him. Johnson finished 6th, ahead of Martin and Gordon instead of finishing 26th and losing a bunch of points to everyone. They may as well rename this Chase for the Cup to the Chase for the Johnson.

Here is how they finished:
1 22 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Marathon Saw Blades 195/10 191 Running
2 11 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 175/5 191 Running
3 20 20 Joey Logano Toyota Home Depot 170/5 191 Running
4 8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Filtrete 160/0 191 Running
5 18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 160/5 191 Running
6 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 150/0 191 Running
7 33 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 151/5 191 Running
8 36 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 147/5 191 Running
9 26 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley 143/5 191 Running
10 37 171 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 134/0 191 Running
11 24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy “Get on the 88″ / National Guard 135/5 191 Running
12 15 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 127/0 191 Running
13 12 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 129/5 191 Running
14 10 99 Carl Edwards Ford Subway 126/5 191 Running
15 13 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 123/5 191 Running
16 29 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Liberty Medical 115/0 191 Running
17 28 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 112/0 191 Running
18 41 36 Robert Richardson Jr. Toyota Mahindra Tractors 109/0 191 Running
19 5 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 111/5 191 Running
20 3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 108/5 191 Running
21 21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 105/5 191 Running
22 30 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 102/5 191 Running
23 35 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Window World 99/5 191 Running
24 14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 91/0 191 Running
25 19 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 93/5 191 Running
26 16 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 90/5 191 Running
27 38 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 82/0 190 Accident
28 2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest 84/5 190 Accident
29 42 113 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 76/0 190 Running
30 6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 78/5 189 Accident
31 23 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 75/5 189 Accident
32 34 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 72/5 189 Accident
33 25 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Hunt Brothers Pizza 64/0 189 Running
34 17 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Little Debbie 66/5 188 Running
35 4 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 63/5 183 Accident
36 7 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 60/5 183 Accident
37 31 96 Erik Darnell Ford Academy Sports + Outdoors 52/0 167 Running
38 9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 54/5 137 Engine
39 43 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 46/0 99 Engine
40 27 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 43/0 44 Engine
41 40 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 40/0 12 Vibration
42 32 98 Paul Menard Ford Zecol / Menards 37/0 4 Accident
43 39 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 34/0 4 Accident

Here are the standings in the Chase:
1 — Jimmie Johnson 6248 Leader
2 — Mark Martin 6064 -184
3 — Jeff Gordon 6056 -192
4 +1 Juan Montoya 6009 -239
5 -1 Tony Stewart 5969 -279
6 — Kurt Busch 5936 -312
7 +1 Greg Biffle 5908 -340
8 -1 Ryan Newman 5846 -402
9 +2 Kasey Kahne 5834 -414
10 — Carl Edwards 5811 -437
11 -2 Denny Hamlin 5800 -448
12 — Brian Vickers 5697 -551

Oct 17 2009

Megatron Beats Optimus Prime

The bad guy won. No, I’m not talking about Jimmie Johnson just yet, in the battle of the Transformers, Megatron, Jeff Gordon, beat Optimus Prime, Ryan Newman, with Jeff finishing 4th to Ryan’s 11th. I’m sure there are lots of people who see Jimmie as the bad guy, as he has won 3 of the first five Chase races, and this week, he was fastest in both practices, won the pole and won the race. Not much you can do against a performance like that, Jeff Gordon has certainly been trying, but it looks like it is going to come down to whether Johnson makes a big mistake or has a mechanical failure. There’s always Talladega. :)

Mark Martin and Juan Montoya both lost a lot of ground, both because of an incident on a restart in which Martin ran into the back of Montoya, and Jeff Gordon is now in the third spot, 45 points behind Martin and 135 behind Johnson. While I still think it’s possible for Stewart, Busch or Montoya to win the Cup, I think it is more likely that Johnson, Martin or Gordon will win it. Things will become clearer after Martinsville next week, with the big question mark of Talladega coming up the next week.

My little boy has already requested the Jeff Gordon Megatron diecast car when it comes out, so, at least we have one present figured out.

Here is how they finished:
1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 195/10 334 Running
2 4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 175/5 334 Running
3 3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 170/5 334 Running
4 9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen / DuPont 165/5 334 Running
5 12 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 155/0 334 Running
6 11 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Scary Fast Count Chocula 150/0 334 Running
7 42 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 146/0 334 Running
8 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s / Susan G Komen for the Cure 142/0 334 Running
9 25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet DJ Hero 138/0 334 Running
10 15 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 139/5 334 Running
11 6 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen / U.S. Army 130/0 334 Running
12 8 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 127/0 334 Running
13 5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 124/0 334 Running
14 34 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 121/0 334 Running
15 21 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 118/0 334 Running
16 23 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Industrial Distribution Group 115/0 334 Running
17 2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Pop-Tarts / Carquest 117/5 334 Running
18 32 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 109/0 334 Running
19 27 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 106/0 334 Running
20 29 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 103/0 334 Running
21 37 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Super 8 100/0 334 Running
22 13 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Bush’s Beans 97/0 334 Running
23 26 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Best Buy 94/0 334 Running
24 7 171 Mike Bliss Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 91/0 334 Running
25 14 202 David Gilliland Toyota Farm Bureau Insurance 88/0 334 Running
26 38 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley / Susan G Komen for the Cure 85/0 332 Running
27 31 98 Paul Menard Ford Johns Manville / Menards 82/0 332 Running
28 16 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 79/0 332 Running
29 36 21 Bill Elliott Ford Warriors in Pink Powered by Ford 76/0 332 Running
30 19 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Freightliner Trucks 73/0 332 Running
31 24 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com / Search for the Cure 70/0 331 Running
32 33 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA / Susan G Komen for the Cure 72/5 331 Running
33 20 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea Vodka 64/0 331 Running
34 30 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 61/0 330 Running
35 18 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Lysol 58/0 330 Running
36 41 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 55/0 330 Running
37 43 08 Terry Labonte Toyota Carter / Simo Racing 57/5 329 Running
38 39 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 49/0 304 Running
39 28 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 46/0 301 Out of Race
40 22 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 43/0 298 Running
41 40 113 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 40/0 286 In Pit
42 17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 42/5 192 Out of Race
43 35 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 34/0 26 In Pit

Here are the Chase points standings:
1 — Jimmie Johnson 5923
2 — Mark Martin 5833 -90
3 +2 Jeff Gordon 5788 -135
4 — Tony Stewart 5768 -155
5 +1 Kurt Busch 5746 -177
6 -3 Juan Montoya 5728 -195
7 — Greg Biffle 5655 -268
8 +2 Ryan Newman 5635 -288
9 +2 Kasey Kahne 5592 -331
10 -2 Carl Edwards 5582 -341
11 -2 Denny Hamlin 5551 -372
12 — Brian Vickers 5438 -485

Sep 26 2009

Johnson on Pole for Second Chase Race

Blah blah blah, Jimmie Johnson on the pole, blah blah blah. Hehe

1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 157.356 22.878 Leader
2 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Polaroid 156.699 22.974 -0.096
3 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 156.393 23.019 -0.141
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 156.284 23.035 -0.157
5 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 155.979 23.080 -0.202
6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 155.871 23.096 -0.218
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 155.777 23.110 -0.232
8 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 155.555 23.143 -0.265
9 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 155.494 23.152 -0.274
10 98 Paul Menard Ford Energizer / Menards 155.434 23.161 -0.283
11 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 155.373 23.170 -0.292
12 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 155.353 23.173 -0.295
13 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 155.193 23.197 -0.319
14 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg’s / Carquest 155.045 23.219 -0.341
15 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 154.992 23.227 -0.349
16 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 154.905 23.240 -0.362
17 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 154.832 23.251 -0.373
18 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 154.639 23.280 -0.402
19 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Super 8 154.633 23.281 -0.403
20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 154.606 23.285 -0.407
21 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 154.573 23.290 -0.412
22 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Burger King 154.533 23.296 -0.418
23 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 154.480 23.304 -0.426
24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 154.407 23.315 -0.437
25 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 154.288 23.333 -0.455
26 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Valvoline 154.136 23.356 -0.478
27 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 154.070 23.366 -0.488
28 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 153.879 23.395 -0.517
29 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 153.807 23.406 -0.528
30 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 153.557 23.444 -0.566
31 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Camping World 153.440 23.462 -0.584
32 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Vaseline Men Body Lotion 153.387 23.470 -0.592
33 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 153.211 23.497 -0.619
34 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy’s Geek Squad 153.107 23.513 -0.635
35 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 153.074 23.518 -0.640
36 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 153.029 23.525 -0.647
37 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 152.938 23.539 -0.661
38 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 152.873 23.549 -0.671
39 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 152.620 23.588 -0.710
40 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 152.046 23.677 -0.799
41 96 Bobby Labonte Ford DLP 152.001 23.684 -0.806
42 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver’s 151.547 23.755 -0.877
43 36 Michael McDowell Toyota Wave Energy Drink 151.388 23.780 -0.902

Did Not Qualify
44 4 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Morgan McClure Motorsports 149.247 24.121 -1.243

Jul 10 2009

Autism Speaks 400 2009 Videos

Here are videos from the Autism Speaks 400 from Dover International Speedway.


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Jun 01 2009

Johnson Pulls it Out at the End

Looked like Tony Stewart might get his first win on Sunday, but a hard charging Jimmie Johnson had a different ending in mind.

Jimmie Johnson won the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway this past Sunday and even though he dominated most of the race, a bad pit stop forced him to restart in eighth and race his way past Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and others to take the lead with only a couple or three laps to go. I wasn’t really rooting for anyone at the end, but it was some good racing, Jimmie was coming like a rocket ship and Tony kept trying to keep him out of his groove to slow his momentum, but there was only so much Tony could do. Once Jimmie was past him, there was no way Tony was going to catch him to lay the bumper on him, so it was all over but the celebrating.

Tony did take the points lead from Jeff Gordon, who finished in 26th a couple laps down, but the points lead doesn’t really matter anymore, Gordon has dominated all year long during the chase before and still not won the championship. All Gordon needs to do now is win more races and get some bonus points to start off good in the chase and keep running good the rest of the way. Of course, that’s all everyone needs to do and it’s always easier said than done.

After the big story this past week of Dale Earnhardt Jr. being separated from his cousin Tony Eury Jr., they managed a respectable 12th place finish, but I believe Dale averages at least a mid pack finish at this track, and he has 7 out of 18 top tens here with one win, so there’s nothing for Jr. nation to celebrate about yet. There was also mention of a little conversation between Dale and Kyle Busch because Kyle had told the media Dale’s problems never seem to be his, always the crew chief. No one knows what they said to each other, but I bet Dale would clean his clock if Kyle got too mouthy with him.

Here is how they finished:

1 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 195/10 400 Running
2 31 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 175/5 400 Running
3 5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Nexcare 170/5 400 Running
4 14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 165/5 400 Running
5 19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 155/0 400 Running
6 2 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 150/0 400 Running
7 13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 151/5 400 Running
8 11 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 142/0 400 Running
9 17 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 138/0 400 Running
10 28 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg’s / Carquest 139/5 400 Running
11 25 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet The Hartford 130/0 400 Running
12 22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 127/0 400 Running
13 12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 124/0 400 Running
14 18 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 121/0 400 Running
15 21 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 118/0 400 Running
16 32 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 115/0 400 Running
17 35 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 112/0 400 Running
18 1 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 114/5 400 Running
19 4 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge U.S. Air Force 111/5 400 Running
20 20 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota RaceSavers.com 103/0 400 Running
21 15 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 100/0 399 Running
22 33 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 97/0 399 Running
23 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 94/0 399 Running
24 26 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 91/0 399 Running
25 9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 88/0 399 Running
26 42 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 85/0 398 Running
27 10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools 87/5 398 Running
28 27 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com / AutismSpeaks.com 79/0 397 Running
29 7 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper 76/0 396 Running
30 3 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 78/5 395 Running
31 30 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 70/0 370 Accident
32 36 98 Paul Menard Ford Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 67/0 363 Running
33 40 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Richmond Water Heaters 64/0 282 Accident
34 43 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell 61/0 253 Accident
35 29 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 58/0 250 Engine
36 16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 55/0 232 Accident
37 23 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 52/0 118 Engine
38 38 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota G.P.’s Enterprises / Huckleberry’s BBQ / LubePro’s 49/0 67 Drive Shaft
39 39 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 46/0 66 Transmission
40 37 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Phoenix Racing 43/0 56 Electrical
41 34 36 Mike Skinner Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing 40/0 51 Engine
42 41 37 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver’s 37/0 42 Accident
43 24 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet CompUSA 39/5 38 Engine

And here are the current chase for the cup point standings:
1. +1 Tony Stewart 1,853 –
2. -1 Jeff Gordon 1,807 -46
3. +1 Jimmie Johnson 1,789 -64
4. -1 Kurt Busch 1,762 -91
5. +2 Ryan Newman 1,680 -173
6. — Kyle Busch 1,634 -219
7. -2 Denny Hamlin 1,630 -223
8. +1 Matt Kenseth 1,625 -228
9. +1 Greg Biffle 1,618 -235
10. -2 Jeff Burton 1,587 -266
11. — Carl Edwards 1,582 -271
12. — Mark Martin 1,567 -286

Nov 25 2008

Jimmie Johnson Wins Third Straight Title

But you all knew that right? Yay, hurray…

Oct 19 2008

Jimmie Johnson Wins, Again, in Martinsville

Can the #48 freight train be stopped? Does anyone have a chance to keep them from winning their third cup title? Well, sure, someone could, but what are the chances?

Not too good!

Jeff Gordon looked like he may have something for him at the start of the race today, and a couple other times, but, for the most part, it was another banner day for Johnson and his race team. They lead 339 laps and won the race, exactly what they needed to do to sew this thing up early like they did last year. One of the writers at Nascar.com seems to think they have it locked up

As Jimmie Johnson launched into yet another burnout, followed by yet another Victory Lane celebration, his closest pursuers in the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship insisted this isn’t over.

History says otherwise. In the wake of Sunday’s victory at Martinsville Speedway, history says that Johnson is certain to make NASCAR history while reducing the rest of the season to little more than a Jimmie Watch.

As in Watch Jimmie Make Laps … Watch Jimmie to make sure his No. 48 Chevrolet doesn’t blow up … And Watch Jimmie methodically work his way to a third consecutive championship when the No. 48 doesn’t. Source: Anyone who says Johnson hasn’t locked it up is crazy

I think it’s way too early to call this thing over, but, I’m also realistic, it will take a really bad day, or four really mediocre finishes, for anyone else to even get a chance, but it is certainly possible. Heck, Jeff Gordon could still win it if the rights things happen, but just because it’s possible doesn’t mean it will.

Oh well, there’s always next year for Gordon, myself I would rather see Jeff Burton or Biffle win the title rather than Johnson. I am still hoping for Gordon to win a race this year. [crosses fingers]

Here is how they finished:

1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 195/10 504 Running
2 10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard 170/0 504 Running
3 4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 165/0 504 Running
4 8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 165/5 504 Running
5 12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 155/0 504 Running
6 23 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 150/0 504 Running
7 6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 146/0 504 Running
8 11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers 147/5 504 Running
9 18 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 138/0 504 Running
10 5 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 134/0 504 Running
11 17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 130/0 504 Running
12 3 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network Turbo HD 132/5 504 Running
13 13 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 124/0 504 Running
14 24 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Big Red Slim Pack 121/0 502 Running
15 39 10 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Tow Truck in a Box 118/0 502 Running
16 37 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force 115/0 502 Running
17 2 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 112/0 502 Running
18 31 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 109/0 502 Running
19 25 28 Travis Kvapil Ford All Sport 106/0 501 Running
20 15 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 108/5 501 Running
21 32 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas Automation 105/5 501 Running
22 33 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 97/0 501 Running
23 16 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 94/0 500 Running
24 26 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 91/0 500 Running
25 41 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 88/0 500 Running
26 7 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 85/0 499 Running
27 27 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Super Clean / Menards 82/0 499 Running
28 40 96 Ken Schrader Toyota DLP HDTV 79/0 499 Running
29 9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 76/0 496 Running
30 35 84 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 73/0 496 Running
31 43 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet Haas Automation 70/0 495 Running
32 28 38 David Gilliland Ford Digital TV Transition 67/0 483 Running
33 14 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 64/0 475 Running
34 36 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 61/0 472 Running
35 29 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 58/0 472 Running
36 19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 55/0 469 Running
37 21 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 52/0 469 Running
38 20 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 54/5 465 Running
39 38 00 Mike Bliss Toyota Champion Mortgage 46/0 455 Running
40 34 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Menards 43/0 452 Running
41 22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin 40/0 436 Running
42 30 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 37/0 416 Running
43 42 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 34/0 115 Running

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