Jimmie Johnson put the Monster in its Place
Jimmie Johnson won the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. Bobby Allison and Richard Petty and now Jimmie Johnson are the only drivers to win seven races here. Jimmie started the race trading the lead with Pole sitter Mark Martin but by half way it was apparent that this race was all Jimmie’s. “Just a fun day. Clearly we had a fast race car, amazing pit stops. Strategy, when you lead the most laps, sometimes at the end the way the cautions fall it can backfire on the dominant car, and the way cautions fell today, it allowed us to really flex our muscle and bring home the win.” Jimmie said after winning.
The fun of the day, including the Madagascar themed car, carried right on into the winner’s circle where Jimmie Johnson donned a multicolored wig to celebrate his win. Jimmie said “I’m just proud of this hair. The hair really brought some speed to the team. I could see our engine tuner who is catching the front tires that came across on pit stops, and I got a laugh every time I came on to pit road.”
Dover International Speedway is a concrete true oval that is very hard to drive; possibly one of the most difficult tracks on the NASCAR Schedule. Chad Knaus indicated that they had to make some big changes to get the car right. “Man, we came off the truck and we were real fast right off the box. We were trying a different set up and Jimmie felt like we needed to do something different. He made a big call personally for us to shift the setup in the race car and we did and he felt like it was some big changes. So we had to significantly change the race car once we got here. First in qualifying, Jimmie did a great job with the car then and that led us down the path we were today. Man, it went great. It went really well. It was a lot of fun.”
Jimmie Johnson got off to a slow start this season but he appears to be back after multiple wins in multiple weeks. “The last month, if you take the points and look at who is doing what, we have got to be the top guy, if not top two guys in collecting points. So we can look at that mark through the regular season and move it around and work up the case to say anybody is the favorite. But none of that matters until we go to Chicago, the first race. None of it matters until we get to Chicago. We need to be in the Top-10 or the wildcard spot, and then all that matters is the final ten.” Jimmie said after winning the race.
Looks like Jimmie Johnson is back, moving forward and another championship might be on the way.
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