Monday, June 28, 2010

Jimmie J Runs Wicked Good - And Other Loudon Observations

The champ is back.  And how.

Jimmie Johnson put on one heckuva racing clinic Sunday at Loudon.  And although Kurt Busch made things exciting at the end, Johnson out-raced the Blue Deuce for the lead and a second consecutive victory.

Johnson and team now boasts a second place points standing. And with five wins on the season, he's in a sweet spot come Chase time.

Can we finally say the slump is officially over?

Gordon Makes a Clean Getaway

Although Martin Truex Jr. and Elliott Sadler had Jeff Gordon in their sights after Sonoma, neither driver got close enough to the No. 24 to make good on their post-Cali threats.

Gordon snagged a fourth-place finish, while Sadler and Truex finished 19th and 22nd respectively.

Don't worry boys - there's always Daytona.  And a lot can happen when you get in the draft.

Junior Headed in the Right Direction

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been running in the top 10 during the last couple races and at Loudon (a track that hasn't always been kind to him), he drove the No. 88 from 31st to 8th.

Not too shabby for a team that has lately been characterized by sliding progressively backwards during any given race.

Fast forward to Saturday.  If ever there was a track where Junior can make things happen, it's Daytona International Speedway.  To wit, his February Daytona 500 performance.  Nearly giving Junior Nation a collective coronary, Earnhardt went from 10th to 2nd in hard-driving style, bouncing off bumpers and banging fenders for a last lap effort that almost secured him the win.

Sheer numerology may also be in his favor.  Consider that Junior will be running the No. 3 in Friday's Nationwide Series race and that the Cup race will take place on July 3rd.

Need I say more?

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