Just how good is Jimmie Johnson? His win Sunday at Bristol was number 50 and ties him with no less than Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett on NASCAR?s all time win list. There are now only nine drivers in the entire history of NASCAR racing that have more wins than Johnson. And of those nine, only David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, and Jeff Gordon reached the fifty win mark in fewer races. And speaking of Jeff Gordon, he is the only currently active driver that has more wins than his teammate.
Johnson has now won three of the five races run so far in 2010. Twice before (2002 and 2003) three wins was his total for the entire season. Last year it took until Indianapolis in August for Johnson to get his third win. The year before that his third win came at Fontana on Labor Day weekend. In both of those years he totaled seven wins and, of course, championship numbers three and four.
In 2007 Johnson got his most wins in a single year to date with ten. His third win that year came in race 6 at Martinsville, where Johnson has won a total of 6 times.
Johnson ranks seventh in all time wins at Martinsville, tied with Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Cale Yarborough, and Fred Lorenzen. And again, Jeff Gordon is the only active driver with more wins on that track (7) than Johnson.
Johnson has led 1551 laps at Martinsville, has 12 top five finishes and 15 top tens. His average finish on the historic Virginia short track is 5.1. Some people say Martinsville is Jimmie Johnson?s ?house?.
Martinsville is the next race on the schedule.
Jason Meyers was the winner in Saturday?s finale of the two-day ?Kasey?s King of Bulls Gap Presented By Budweiser? World of Outlaws sprint car race at Volunteer Speedway in Tennessee.
It was Meyers third win of the year and he now has a five point lead in the standings over 20-time series champion Steve Kinser.
After finishing seventh in Friday?s ?A? main, the team knew what they had to do for Saturday; ?After last night we dug down deep,? said Meyers. ?I?ve got to have one of the best teams in the pit area, if not the best. They work so hard and everyone is pulling together and working together to give me the best race car that they can. My hat is off to them. They make my job look easy.?
Meyers started the main event in fourth and moved to third on the opening lap. By the third lap he was second behind Lance Dewease. The field then endured three attempted restarts after a fifth lap caution period. Meyers finally got around Dewease on the 14th of 35 laps and never looked back.
?It kind of worked to my advantage,? Meyers said of the restarts. ?I wasn?t getting off the bottom very well and I got two or three chances to do it a little bit differently. Those restarts are always tough. Once it goes single file that makes it a little easier. It certainly was nerve wracking and I imagine it was even more so for Lance (Dewease).?
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