Jimmie Johnson finishes second and people are talking more about him than race winner Carl Edwards.
Why? Because Jimmie came in under the last caution, got 4 new tires, went back out and passed everyone in front of him like Dale Earnhardt at Talladega in Oct. 2000. Only Jimmie finished second and not first like Earnhardt, but to me (and to Jimmie and his team I'm sure) that second place is better than a win.
Here's why; did you see the look on Carl's face in Victory Lane when he was asked about his feelings about Jimmie finishing second? Carl didn't know until that moment that Jimmie finished second (Carl thought Jimmie was still mid-pack) and it was caught on TV for all to see - he wore his emotions on his face right there - now he made a good recovery but you could still see the puzzlement in his face and hear the frustration in his voice as the interview continued.
For a split second there I honestly thought Carl was going to snap on the TV guy for playing a bad joke on him.
The way I see it is Jimmie's second place finish, and the way he did it, is far more psychological taxing on his competition than a win like Carl's would have been.
Based on his reaction in Victory Lane, I would say that Carl is officially done in this Chase - stick a fork in him - he is mentally out of the Cup picture now. Any psychological advantages Carl may have had are done now, even if Jimmie has a bad race Carl won't be able to step up and take advantage of it like he could have before Sunday's race.
So what's your take? Do you agree or disagree? Let's hear you ... OK, read you instead - leave a comment.