Jimmie Johnson Takes Over Pocono
This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at the Pocono Raceway for the Party in the Poconos 400. Jimmie Johnson dominated the whole weekend there. Jimmie started the race from the pole position due to qualifying being rained out and never looked back. In fact Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus unloaded the car from the hauler led the first practice and was second in the final practice.
There is no stopping Jimmie and Chad when they unload off the truck near perfect. They just get better.
Carl Edwards, who started outside pole was able to take advantage of Jimmie at the start of the race and led nine laps. After that it was all Jimmie except during green flag pit stops. In the last half of the race it looked like Ryan Newman had something for Jimmie as he was able to lead on three separate occasions for 19 laps
In the end Jimmie Johnson led on seven different occasions for 128 of 160 laps.
“But great race car, clearly. I mean, that car had a ton of speed in it, and not only the car but I think our engine really had a chance to shine today, and the configuration here and the fact that we’re able to shift, our engine shop works really hard to make that power, and today it showed, and then at times when we needed to conserve fuel we could get that done, as well.” Johnson added, “I felt like it was a very well‑rounded weekend for us clearly with speed, that speed, you need power, and then when we needed to back it down and save some fuel we could do that, too.”
This is Jimmies 63rd victory. He is in 7th place in all time wins and is 13 wins from tying Dale Earnhardt’s record. If he keeps up on this pace he might do that next year. There is no doubt that he will have a place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame someday.
Greg Biffle was second, Dale Earnhardt Jr. third, Last week’s winner Tony Stewart fourth and his teammate Ryan Newman fifth.
Jimmie Johnson is now 51 points, or one whole race ahead of second place Carl Edwards in the standings. In the press conference he talked about possibly skipping the regular season ending race at Richmond International Raceway.
Johnson said, “My selfish motivation for that, if Chani (his wife) goes into labor early, I don’t have to worry about Richmond, honestly. That is what I’m working so hard for. I always work hard anyway, but it sure takes some pressure off if we lock early and don’t have to worry about Richmond.”