When you're on a roll, it's hard to come off that high horse. For the team of Jimmie Johnson and the Lowe's Chevrolet bunch, the last four weeks have been extremely kind for their quest at another championship.
Starting at Darlington, getting win No. 200 for Rick Hendrick, things began falling into place. One week later, a victory in the All-Star Race.
After a rough week at the Coca-Cola 600, the team headed to Dover, a track that Johnson has owned since he was a rookie in Cup competition. The confidence level was riding high, and the feeling in the garage was that the car to beat was his Madagascar machine, and not because of the crazy wigs the team was wearing.
Turns out, they were right.
The No. 48 led the most laps once again, dominating the competition, and pulled away for it's second win of 2012. Including the All-Star Race and the victory by Kasey Kahne last week, Hendrick Motorsports has won four straight races. The entire team for the most part has found a strong groove, despite only two of them having wins this year. It could mean trouble for every other competitior as the races progress.
Johnson's win also gave two writers victories this week, including one getting the first win of their season. Coupled with a few setbacks of some choices, a new leader has emerged in the standings.
Take a look at how things shook out after today's FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks:
Sal Sigala Jr. (467) Brad Keselowski finished 7th (1)
Christopher Leone (466) Martin Truex Jr. finished 7th (0)
Kelly Crandall (455) Jimmie Johnson WON (2)
Billy Fellin (454) Carl Edwards finished 26th (2)
James Broomhead (447) NO PICK SENT (2)
Rob Tiongson (438) Brad Keselowski finished 12th (3)
Misan Akuya (435) Carl Edwards finished 26th (1)
Dustin Parks (431) Matt Kenseth finished 3rd (1)
Kara Martin (421) Matt Kenseth finished 3rd (1)
Michael Hirshbein (404) Kyle Busch finished 29th (1)
Patti Rodisch (387) Kyle Busch finished 29th (1)
Ryan O'Hara (363) Jimmie Johnson WON (1)
Next Race: As the television schedule makes a change to the summer series on TNT, it's still spring time for NASCAR. And, with the change in broadcasters means only one track on the circuit. There's no four corners at this beast, but it is different for other reasons.
The tricky triangle up in the Pocono Mountains awaits NASCAR next weekend as the Pocono Raceway welcomes drivers to a shorter race, but a newer surface. The repave of the 2.5-mile speedway makes this new race for everyone involved.
This creates a more challenging task for our writers, as the usual contenders at this place are now even with everyone else. Picking for this race will not be easy.
However, you writers must have your choices for the Pocono 400 submitted by 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 7.