Week of March 31, 2014
Another race; another close call for six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.
But rest assured his time to celebrate is more than likely approaching sooner than later, and with that an all-but-guaranteed spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
It could come as soon as this Sunday at Texas where he has three wins, two of them coming in the last three visits to the 1.5-mile track. He’s finished in the top 10 in 16 of his 21 starts there.
If Jimmie Johnson does wind up in Victory Lane, he would be the seventh different driver to win in the first seven races of the 2014 season. Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart are also past winners in Texas still searching for their first wins of the season.
A long-awaited victory finally came for Kurt Busch on Sunday at Martinsville. It was Busch that passed Johnson with 10 laps to go before holding him off over the final laps to seize his first win since 2011.
After a weekend off, the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to action – also at Texas. Trevor Bayne will be aiming to break his tie with Regan Smith in the points standings. Bayne’s hoping the week off didn’t cool off his hot streak of five consecutive top-10 finishes to begin the season.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned to action for the first time in over a month with reigning champion Matt Crafton celebrating his first win of the season. Entered in the race were four NASCAR Next members, proving that the future of NASCAR is in capable hands.