A few weeks ago everyone was wondering when Jimmie Johnson and his team would win a race, now the conversation is who is going to beat them.
With his second win in as many weeks, Johnson's No. 48 team is now locked into the Chase and the rest of the competition is wondering how to slow them down.
"That's the car you're going to have to beat every time unless they break," said Matt Kenseth who held on for a third place finish. "It's not unexpected when you come here, and I don't know if you guys notice, but he's pretty good at all the racetracks."
The Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway has been Johnson's playground for most of his career but, no one thought that he would be so totally dominate Sunday afternoon.
Johnson's closest competition could have come from Kyle Busch who had a chance to win three races in the weekend but, an altercation with Clint Bowyer on lap 125 removed that threat.
From there, it was the Johnson show the rest of the afternoon as Jimmie led a race high 272 laps on the high banks.
"From the second run on, the track came to us, or I don't know, something happened there, and the car was just incredible the rest of the day," said the race winner on his dominating run.
The only thing that slowed him down was a chunk of concrete that stopped the racing action on lap 165 for 22 minutes while NASCAR repaired the race track.
"I could feel it when I was driving over it, and you knew it was only going to get worse," said runner up Brad Keselowski. "If somebody didn't repair a small hole, it was going to turn into a big hole."
Once the racing resumed, it was all Johnson till a late race caution bunched the field with four laps to go. However, Johnson nailed the restart and it was no contest to the checkered.
"It's an opportunity for the guy that's dominated all day to make a mistake," said Johnson on the restart. "So I wanted to make sure I chose the right lane and got a good restart."
The win was Johnson's ninth at the Monster Mile and second of the season. With a number of tracks coming up over the next few weeks, the question is who will be able to slow the No. 48 team down.
"The tracks we've been bad at, we've gone there and been embarrassed by our performance," continued Johnson on his up and down season. "Then the tracks that are good to us still have been good to us."
Johnson has a history of being good at most every track. So, the question is: Could this be the start of a record tying seventh championship run? Only time will tell.
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