Jimmie Johnson is only four points away from leading the Chase for the Sprint Cup after taking first place on Sunday at Kansas Speedway.
Before chasing his sixth straight Cup title Johnson and his team spent the night in the garage attempting to figure out why NASCAR’s top racer didn’t qualify in the races top position.
Johnson surged to the front of the pack early and held off racers during several cautions to take the green-white-checkered finish for his first win since April.
After the race crew chief Chad Knaus said of his star driver:
“Jimmie was very dedicated last night with us, trying to figure out the setup of the car,” while adding, “We pored over a lot of combinations and we came up with a good one.”
After tweaking the setup on Johnson’s car he managed to lead the race for 197 laps while claiming his 55th victory, moving Johnson into a tie with Rusty Wallace for the eights most wins of all time.
Last weekend Johnson finished in second-place after entering Dover in 10th place.
Speaking about his team Johnson said:
“I know what my team is capable of … and we showed today what we’re capable of when we’re all performing at the top of our game.”
While Carl Edwards still sits atop NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship only 19 points separate the top eight drivers.
Do you think Jimmy Johnson will pull ahead once again to claim his 7th straight Sprint Cup or will Carl Edwards remain this seasons top driver?