Jimmie Johnson Is In Control Of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

By Christy Valdez
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The quest for six continues as five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is on the right path to another championship in the 2013 season.

11 races into the season, Johnson has found a way to stay on top of the competition and continues to dominate the Cup Series. After falling just short of a sixth championship in 2012, things are starting to look good for Johnson in his quest for another title as he is currently the points leader.

Since the season began at Daytona, Johnson has been on a roll. He began the year in winning fashion by becoming the winner at the Daytona 500 and from there, he continued his journey on top of the standings. In the first part of 2013, he made his way into victory lane in two occasions (Daytona and at Martinsville).

Along with the wins, he has also managed to find consistency.

Within the first 11 races, Johnson has captured eight top-10 and six top-five finishes. Not only has he found consistency, but Johnson has improved on his average start and finishes from 2012. By the end of the 2012 season, Johnson had averaged a start of 10.6 and a finish of 11.2. In just a third of the season so far this year, he has improved his average start to 10.1 and an average finish of 6.7.

Not only has he dominated the top spot of the point standings since the start of the season, but Johnson also continued to dominate the Cup Series in the non-point All-Star race for the second consecutive year in a row. With his fourth win in the All-Star race, Johnson became the first driver to win four All-Star races.

Although the All-Star win does not count towards the championship standings, it did add another win in Johnson’s 2013 season.

As the Cup Series continues to race in Charlotte, Johnson heads in with a chance to repeat his success. He’ll have a chance to keep rolling in at Dover as well, where he will head in as the defending race winner. Pocono is also no stranger to him either, as the five-time champ has won there before, as well as earning several top-10 finishes.

Johnson is in the driver’s seat in his quest for his sixth championship, and the tracks coming along in the schedule seem to give him more control in search of a new title.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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