Sunday, September 26, 2010

Don't Count Out That Horsehoe Just Yet ...

Just when you thought Jimmie Johnson's infamous golden horseshoe had lost its shine, the No. 48 team pulls out a powerful performance at Dover.

Starting from the pole, Johnson led the most laps and crossed the start-finish line with an uncontested victory (his sixth at Dover International Speedway).

Not bad for a guy who has been all-but counted out of the running for the 2010 championship.

"I don't look all that excited right now but there's a huge weight off my shoulders that we were able to come and win a race in the Chase," said Johnson after the win.

Johnson's victory bumps him to second place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup points standings - a mere 35 behind leader Denny Hamlin.  And, perhaps more importantly, he'll head to Kansas with a whole lot of momentum behind him.

The race wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for team Lowe's. There were a few missteps on pit road which exposed a potential weakness of the defending four-time champs.

But Johnson and company rebounded and ended the day with a notice-serving burnout.

Take heed would-be champions: the Chase is where Johnson and Chas Knaus are at their butt-kickin' best.

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