There are some who call Jimmie Johnson "Superman." But even Superman has a weakness. On Sunday at the Texas Motor Speedway it appeared that not even kryptonite could slow down that 48 car.
Johnson and Matt Kenseth entered the eighth race of the Chase tied atop the Sprint Cup Series standings. At the end of 334 laps it is now Johnson with a seven point lead over Kenseth with two races remaining. Johnson led 255 laps in one of the most dominant performances all season long.
The win is the sixth of the season for Johnson, but amazingly it was the first one on a 1.5 mile race track for him this season. He won by 4.39 seconds over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The only blemish on Johnson's perfect day was a slow pit stop by his pit crew on the second-to-last stop of the day. The mistake by his crew almost squandered his advantage over second place, but the car was just too good and he was quickly able to stretch his advantage once again.
Kenseth had a fast car, but he fought a "wobbly loose" condition all race long. And to make matters worse, he was caught speeding on pit road near the halfway point of the race. He was in the top five at the time, but the pass-through penalty dropped him back to 16th and the last car on the lead lap. He got a fortunate caution just 20 laps later and that enabled him to fight his way back up into the top five where he would eventually finish fourth.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.