Jimmie Johnson has secured a berth in NASCAR’s playoffs.
A week after a late penalty denied his chance at a victory, YouWager experts believe Johnson undoubtedly dominated Sunday at Pocono Raceway, leading 128 of 160 laps for his third win of the season.
Even during his championship run, the 37 year-old driver rarely cruised like he did on the 2½-mile triangle track.
Johnson is the current Sprint Cup points leader and has managed to pull away on both of the last two restarts over the final 10 laps to pull into Victory Lane at Pocono for the first time since he swept both races in 2004.
The California native was never seriously challenged a week after his run at a possible victory at Dover International Speedway was taken away when NASCAR penalized him for jumping leader Juan Pablo Montoya off the restart with 19 laps left. He finished 17th.
It was a rare misstep for Johnson but he impressed his fans by recoering nicely at Pocono.
Furthermore, Johnson has also won the Daytona 500 and at Martinsville Speedway this season. His 63rd career Cup win helped stretch his points lead to 51 over Carl Edwards.
The 5x Nascar Cup Series winner won from the pole after rain washed out qualifying Friday.
Experts consider that Johnson won’t really skip a race, especially with the due date in mid-September. However, if he has that top seed locked up and is needed in a pinch, he’ll put family first.
Johnson dominated the rest of the field Sunday at Pocono Raceway to come out victorious in his third race of the season.