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Jimmie Johnson will Attempt to Sweep his House at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Jimmie Johnson won a newly formatted NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last Saturday.  It was controversial in that he won the first of four segments then hung around in the back biding his time till he was to start in the front for the first section.  Once in the front, Jimmie Johnson again dominated the race to win the million dollar prize.   Johnson won the exhibition event for the third time, tying Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for most all-time.

“It means a ton to me,” Johnson said of tying Earnhardt Sr. and Gordon. “Those are two of the greatest drivers that have ever been in a stock car. I want to set my goals high, and I want to be considered one of the best to sit in a stock car, and the only way you can do that is by winning big races and piling up those stats.”

Is this a foreshadowing of what is to come?  We will know soon enough as this week we stay at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the annual running of the Coca-Cola 600.

The Charlotte motor speedway is a 1.5 mile D shaped oval.  It has 24 degrees of banking in the turns and 5 degrees of banking on the front and back stretches.  He high banking in the corners makes this track faster than many of the other 1.5 mile tracks.  The race is 600 miles or 400 laps provided there in not a green white checker finish.

During the race, look for the patriotic themed cars participating in the “NASCAR Unites – An American Salute” program to celebrate America and support U.S. military families.  Miss Sprint Cup will also get in on the action by donning a never-seen-before patriotic-themed fire suit.

In 2003, 2004 and 2005, Jimmie Johnson won five of six races.  He had back to back sweeps of both races in 2004 and 2005.  If that isn’t dominating enough, Jimmie also won the All-Star race in 2003.  He actually won six of seven races in that time.  That is why they call Charlotte Motor Speedway his house.

Race wins are great to use to see which driver is good at a track but Driver Rating are also a great help.  The Driver Rating for Jimmie Johnson also shows his dominance at this track.  His driver rating is 111.  The next highest rating is Kyle Busch with a 106.6.  After Kyle we fall off a cliff to Matt Kenseth 95.2 on down to the lowest of the top 12 in driver ratings Tony Stewart at 85.  See full table of ratings below.

Other drivers that have had some success here include Jeff Gordon who has five wins here, one less than Jimmie.  Jeff’s driver rating is only 86.9 due to the fact his race wins were spread out over two decades.  Kasey Kahne has three wins and Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray have two.

If you can’t get to the track the race will be on Fox starting at 6:00 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is the Lead NASCAR writer for RantSports.com

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Top 12 Driver Rating at Charlotte

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 111.0
Kyle Busch…………………………. 106.6
Matt Kenseth………………………… 95.2
Kasey Kahne……………………….. 94.8
Joey Logano………………………… 93.5
Greg Biffle……………………………. 89.2
Carl Edwards………………………… 88.4
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 87.5
Mark Martin…………………………… 87.4
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 86.9
Jeff Burton…………………………… 85.4
Tony Stewart…………………………. 85.0

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (14 total) at Charlotte.