Jimmie Johnson Man to Beat at Texas This Weekend

Jimmie Johnson during practie for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jimmie Johnson during practie for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.

It seems as if this Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway is Jimmie Johnson’s to lose. The six-time champion is the only driver to win multiple times so far this season as he’s reached victory lane twice already.

That, and his Texas stats alone, make him an easy pick to reach victory lane under the lights at the 1.5-mile track this weekend.

Johnson won at the Atlanta Motor Speedway back in February, as that win bodes well for his chances at Texas. Atlanta and Texas are very similar tracks, and with this new aero package this year, success at Atlanta should equal success at Texas too.

Plus, last year Johnson won at Atlanta in the Spring and backed that up with sweeping both Texas races a year ago.

History should repeat itself again in my opinion.

In fact, Johnson has won three straight Texas Cup races and four of the last five overall. Furthermore, Johnson 10 top two finishes there in his last 17 starts at Texas dating back to 2007.

So, with three straight Texas wins, two straight Atlanta wins, including this year, and being the overall most dominant drivers ever at Texas, the cowboy hat in victory lane is Johnson’s to lose.

Plus in practice today, Johnson was sixth overall on the speed charts at he turned a lap of 191.360 mph in his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet on Thursday.

With another solid day ahead on Friday, Johnson appears primed to win a fourth straight Texas race.

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