Published Sunday, March 21, 2010 | 6:05 p.m.
Updated Sunday, March 21, 2010 | 7:06 p.m.
Jimmie Johnson and crew were obviously so tired of losing at Bristol that they put everything they had into crossing the finish line first on Sunday. And in the process the No. 48 team continued to rewrite NASCAR’s record books. With his 50th Sprint Cup win, Johnson reached a milestone that has been accomplished by only 11 other drivers in the history of the sport.
Darrell Waltrip was right when he mentioned that Johnson is the best closer in NASCAR.
I had figured that Bristol’s reputation for physical racing, the hype surrounding Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards and NASCAR’s decision to let the drivers take their gloves off would have resulted in a full house at the speedway. But there were a large number of empty seats. That is amazing considering that there used to be a long waiting list for tickets to this track. Even though the racing at Bristol isn’t as exciting as it once was, one would think that the noise, the smells, and the coliseum-like atmosphere of the place would be enough to lure more fans to the grandstands.
I’m curious to hear if there will be any news about all of those right front tires that didn’t last. When tire issues like this crop up there always seems to be a group of cars that experience problems while the rest of the field finishes the day without any tire failures. My guess is that the cars that experienced the problems today had suspension setups that contributed to the failures. Camber is usually the culprit in these cases.
Now it’s on to Martinsville where Johnson has won five times. Is there a team that can stop what may be shaping up as solid drive for his fifth consecutive championship?