Taking the Checker: Indianapolis

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On Sunday, we got to witness Jimmie Johnson soar into the record books and not for the first time. Johnson became only the third driver to win a record 4 races at the infamous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Only Rick Mears and Jeff Gordon have accomplished that feat until now. With his win on Sunday, Johnson scored his 58th career win and his third win in this NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

As always, Jimmie Johnson is a title contender but he’s been kind of hot and cold. Yes I know it sounds weird to say that because Johnson has a total of 15 top 10 finishes in 20 races but in a lot of races this year Jimmie Johnson has been very anonymous. Could Jimmie be working this to his advantage? Although you can never forget “5-time” is there, sometimes he’s just is not in the picture.

Sometimes Jimmie will come home with a solid yet very quiet top 10 where his name is mentioned very few times in a TV broadcast. Some days Johnson will be in the mix all race long however some days like his race at Loudon a few weeks ago, the only time you’ll see him is in the middle of green flag pit stops where he will lead two laps then peel off in to the pits and then it is “bye bye Jimmie!” for the rest of the day. Even though Jimmie’s day was so quiet at Loudon he came home with a seventh place finish.

Another interesting tidbit from Johnson’s 2012 season is even though he has three wins, he is yet to win in his blue primary paint scheme. At Darlington this year, Johnson ran the race in his black “KobaltTools” paint scheme and won after leading a total of 48 laps. At Dover, Johnson took a very popular win in his special “Madagascar 3” paint scheme. That win showed Johnson’s confidence by wearing a silly afro looking wig that was featured in the movie. The wig was multi-colored a lot of people poked fun at him for wearing it but Johnson proved to them that wearing a wig like that leads to domination. Johnson led 289 of 400 laps to win.

His third win of course came at Indy in his black “Kobalt Tools” paint scheme again. He led 99 of 160 laps en route to victory. Lots of people on twitter actually think this blue paint scheme is bad luck. I disagree. It is all just a coincidence but it will be interesting to see people continue their conspiracies. My question to you is; will Jimmie’s dominance continue or will “5-time” be denied again?


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