Jimmie Johnson likes to make history. His biggest history making accomplishment thus far has been winning five straight Sprint Cup Series Championships. Saturday in Daytona, Johnson added one more major accomplishment to his resume, a Daytona sweep.
After taking the win in the Great American Race to kick off the season, Johnson came back to the track for the second time this season and showed the racing world just what he was made of. Johnson’s victory in the Coke Zero 400 made him the first driver in more than 30 years to sweep the Daytona races in more than 30 years.
The last driver to accomplish such a feat was legendary driver Bobby Allison back in 1982; 31 years ago.
“I don’t think I made a bad move tonight. I’m pretty proud of that,” Johnson said after the race. “Gosh, growing up in Southern California and watching Bobby Allison … to do anything Bobby has done is pretty special.”
Johnson’s win in Daytona kept him on top of the points standings and also tied him with Matt Kenseth with the most wins this season; four. Johnson has spent all but two weeks at the top of the standings this season. To say he has dominated this season would be an understatement.
After two seasons of missing out on the coveted Championship trophy, Johnson is more determined than ever to return to the top where he belongs. Mr. Five-Time, as his fans have dubbed him, is on a quest to be the best driver NASCAR has ever had. If he can win two more championships before he retires, he will tie the legendary Dale Earnhardt and the King Richard Petty. But that isn’t what Johnson wants; he wants more.
Johnson’s goal before he hangs up the fire suit is simple, eight Championships, something that no driver has ever accomplished before. Johnson is well on his way to getting his six-pack, and no, I’m not talking about his fitness level. If Johnson and the rest of the No.48 crew from Hendrick Motorsports keep on the path that they have been on this season, being on the top of the standings after the checkered flag flies in Homestead won’t be too far of a reach.
Only four other drivers have accomplished what Johnson did on Saturday night and him adding his name to that list something that Johnson fans and race fans alike will remember for a long time. Johnson and his team show no signs of slowing down and don’t look for this to be the last time he makes history this season.