The Daytona 500 may have kicked off the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, season but for Jimmie Johnson, he continued right where he left off from 2012.
During Sunday’s Daytona 500, Johnson won his second championship, but he also got to a place he is very familiar with: on top of the point standings. As the new season starts, he has placed himself in a spot he likes to be in and it gives him some comfort as the year goes on.
Compared to last year around this time, Johnson started from the bottom of the point standings with a point deficit and a possible penalty following Speedweeks at Daytona. Although he started with a points deficit at the start of 2012, he did get his points back following an appeal about that penalty towards the No.48 team for the c-post on the car at Daytona.
Prior to his win at this year’s Daytona 500, Johnson had gone on to not finish any race at Daytona with his last three races at the track.
As the season progresses, he may stay on top of the standings, just as he did throughout the 2012 chase. He is familiar with leading in the points because he has done it before, but the majority of the time he leads the points is throughout the 10 race chase.
As the season moves on to Phoenix International Raceway, Johnson goes to a track he has had success at before. In the past, he has captured four wins, 12 top-fives and 15 top-10 finishes at Phoenix. He has also started from the pole in one occasion and has a 6.7 average finish.
Moving on to week two in the 2013 season, Johnson holds a small lead over his competition with 47 points on top of the standings and leads teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. by five points. Going into Phoenix, Johnson has a strong possibility to continue his quest for his sixth title and staying near the top of the points standings, too.