November 22, 2013
WITH JIMMIE Johnson celebrating his sixth Sprint Cup championship in the last 8 years, the question many observers and I have is: Why aren't other top teams challenging his dominance? Matt Kenseth mounted a serious threat this year, winning a series-high seven races and leading the Chase after five races. Then Johnson seized the lead and won by 19 points over Kenseth. As a Cup crew chief with Greg Biffle and several others, Hatboro, Pa., native Greg Erwin had as good an opportunity as anyone outside Hendrick Motorsports to see what makes Johnson's No. 48 team click.
November 15, 2013
BRACE YOURSELVES, racin' fans, for another Jimmie Johnson reign. Johnson carries a substantial, 28-point lead over Matt Kenseth into the Sprint Cup season finale Sunday in Homestead, Fla. All Johnson has to do to gain his sixth title is finish 23rd or better. He should be able to do that while sipping an energy drink and driving with one hand on the steering wheel. Another championship is a nightmare for those in the Anybody But Jimmie Johnson Club. It's understandable why some fans dislike Johnson as a racer: He wins too often.
November 8, 2013 |
LATE IN SUNDAY'S Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, I concluded "this is not entertaining. " It also wasn't racing, if you define racing as two or more race cars competing for the lead. Jimmie Johnson dominated the Texas race, leading 225 of 334 laps, including the last 34. His sixth victory of the year, combined with Matt Kenseth's fourth-place finished, gives Johnson a seven-point lead with two races remaining in the Chase. Johnson is closing in on his sixth Cup series title.
June 11, 2013 |
LONG POND - Jimmie Johnson winning races is not exactly OMG, jaw-dropping news. Johnson's dominating win in yesterday's Party in the Poconos 400 was his 63rd career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. He is second to Jeff Gordon's 87 among active drivers, eighth all-time. Johnson led 128 of the 160 laps at Pocono Raceway, including the last 31. Johnson's third win of the season ties him with Matt Kenseth for most visits to victory lane this year. A sixth Cup title is clearly on Johnson's radar.
November 18, 2010
'WE'RE NOT intending on playing any defense. We're going to throw the long ball all day long. " So said Gil Martin, crew chief for Kevin Harvick. That's the Chase spirit. It's three for the show in Sunday's Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With Denny Hamlin leading four-time reigning champion Jimmie Johnson by only 15 points, it's the closest points difference with one race remaining in the Chase for the Championship's 7 years. Harvick, 46 points behind Hamlin, is the only other Chase driver in contention for the title.
November 11, 2010 |
In this corner, weighing maybe 150 pounds, "Joltin' " Jeff Gordon. In the other corner, weighing about 165, Jeff "Crash" Burton. By now, NASCAR fans and probably YouTubers know about the shoving match Gordon and Burton had after they wrecked in last Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Phoenix. Gordon was furious that Burton drove into his No. 24 Chevrolet during a caution period. Since both drivers are among the classiest people in racing, it was uncharacteristic for them to get physical.
October 28, 2010 |
THANK YOU, Denny Hamlin, for making the Chase interesting. By winning Sunday at Martinsville, Hamlin trimmed Jimmie Johnson's Chase lead to six points. This is the closest the Chase has been with four races remaining since the 10-race format was introduced in 2004. Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus know they have a serious challenger in the confident Hamlin and his Mike Ford -led team. "I like being behind and chasing a guy," Hamlin said. "I do not like playing defense at all. " Johnson, the Chase Master, has played exceptional defense on his way to four consecutive titles.
September 26, 2010 |
DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson heard the talk that he wasn't hungry enough, that his team wasn't determined enough, and that just maybe the competition was too strong this time around. But if there was any doubt that NASCAR's four-time reigning champion can win a fifth consecutive Sprint Cup Series title, Johnson's performance in today's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway may convert many of those disbelievers. Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet started on the pole and led early, near the middle and - most important - at the end, pacing the field for a race-high 191 laps en route to his sixth win in 18 starts at the Monster Mile.
September 23, 2010 |
NASCAR threw the rule book at Clint Bowyer yesterday, hitting him where it hurts. After determining that Bowyer's winning Chevrolet at New Hampshire violated NASCAR specifications, Bowyer and car owner Richard Childress were docked 150 championship points. Bowyer's penalty sends him reeling from second in Chase points to 12th and last. After one Chase race, he is now 185 points behind leader Denny Hamlin. Bowyer trails 11th-place Chaser Matt Kenseth by 49 points. Talk about a quick rise and fall . . . Shane Wilson, Bowyer's crew chief, was fined $150,000, suspended for the next six Chase races and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Car chief Chad Haney was suspended for six races and also put on probation until Dec. 31. NASCAR said Bowyer's No. 33 Chevy body location specifications did not conform to the rules.
February 11, 2010 |
"A four-peat for Jimmie Johnson? For NASCAR's sake, let's hope not. " - Daily News, Feb. 12, 2009 THE ABOVE was our lead a year ago. Well, Johnson completed his unprecedented four-peat last year and NASCAR has survived. Now, he's going for five in a row. Five in a row! Johnson's No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team, led by crew chief Chad Knaus, is intact, which is bad news for his racing rivals. Clearly, Johnson is capable of winning again. Until another team proves it can topple "King James," he is the man to beat.