Jimmie Johnson has won yet again, though this time it was at Bristol, where he had never won before.
So that’s something, at least.
But really, it was about as surprising as the sun coming up in the morning.
At least Sunday's race was the final one with the wing. In the brief "Wing Era" that lasted 93 races, Johnson won an astounding 22 times – nearly a quarter of all the events.
If the change to the spoiler doesn’t affect Johnson in a negative way, it seems little could stand in between him and a fifth consecutive championship.
Before everyone moans and groans (and believe me, the “Anybody But Jimmie” crowd is growing every week), let’s look at the incredible success Johnson has had.
Sunday was his 50th career win. Only three drivers – Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip and David Pearson – have reached that mark faster.
Johnson only has five tracks remaining where he has not won, and with five more wins, he’ll tie for eighth on the all-time wins list.
Currently, he’s tied for 11th with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson. Lee Petty (54) and Rusty Wallace (55) would be next.
At Johnson’s current pace, he could reach Dale Earnhardt’s career total of 76 wins within a few seasons.
The other drivers are trying as hard as possible to topple Johnson (Kurt Busch told the crowd that “It sucks losing to the 48”), but they can’t.
Johnson has now won three out of the first five races and has 30 bonus points for the Chase before the season is two months old.
Despite everyone gunning for him in the offseason – yet again – Johnson is kicking ass – yet again.
And it doesn’t seem like anyone can do a thing about it.