The last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons have kept Jimmie Johnson from a spot that he had become accustomed to for many years.
With half of the 2013 season now in the books, however, the five-time Cup Series champion is going in the right direction in becoming the Cup champion once again.
After falling short in 2012 for his sixth championship, Johnson has been dominant in 2013. He began the year winning the Daytona 500 for the second time in his career and since then, he has kept himself at the top, dominating the points standings for most of the year.
The 2013 season has seen Johnson take control of plenty of races from start to finish, and he’s also taken over the lead in early laps of several races. Johnson has even dominated in races that didn’t go in his favor. The former champion has captured four wins so far in 2013, tying him atop NASCAR with Matt Kenseth. The four wins this season helped him get to 64 career Cup Series wins.
In 18 races, Johnson has finished in the top-10 12 times. He became the third driver in history to sweep both of the Daytona races in a season. That track record has gotten him in a favorable spot to stay at the top for a while as he has at least a full race point gap between him and second-place Clint Bowyer.
Despite all of the success Johnson is having this season, he has had a couple of speed bumps along the way. His worst finish of the year has been 28th at Michigan.
The start of the Chase may be a few races away, but Johnson is very well on his way to another possible championship if he continues to race the way he has been in 2013 — dominant and in control.