There is domination, and then there's domination after controversy. It was a week ago that Jimmie Johnson found himself in the middle of a questionable restart, one that resulted in a penalty, and ultimately victory.
This came after he was one of two dominant drivers at Dover, and looked to have the race won.
One week later, it was a mirror image, just at a bigger track. At the Pocono Raceway, Johnson inherited the pole when qualifying was rained out. But, after practice and when the green flag waved, it was clear that Johnson was in a class all his own. At one point his lead was a straightaway long, and with no caution in sight, it was unlikely anyone would catch him.
Late in the race, once again, a restart would be the determining factor. But, lightning wasn't going to strike twice.
Johnson got the lead, and at that point just cruised to victory, his third win of the season, and increased his points lead, a lead that was already huge.
Meanwhile, the win by the No. 48 bunch gave one writer her first win of the 2013 season. Mostly everyone else held their ground, with little changes happening.
Here's where the standings are after the Party In The Poconos 400:
Patti Rodisch (506) Jeff Gordon finished 12th (0)
Rob Tiongson (493) Jeff Gordon finished 12th (1)
Billy Fellin (469) Jeff Gordon finished 12th (1)
Kelly Crandall (456) Jimmie Johnson WON (1)
Rob Blount (456) Joey Logano finished 10th (1)
Dustin Parks (452) Jeff Gordon finished 12th (0)
Ryan O'Hara (440) Jeff Gordon finished 12th (0)
Kara Martin (419) Denny Hamlin finished 8th (0)
Sal Sigala Jr. (416) Brad Keselowski finished 16th (0)
Michael Hirshbein (412) Kyle Busch finished 6th (2)
James Broomhead (405) Denny Hamlin finished 8th (1)
Misan Akuya (362) Tony Stewart finished 4th (0)
Christopher Leone (339) Denny Hamlin finished 8th (0)
Next Race: Speeds were high at Pocono, as was expected with the new car and new asphalt. But, next week, things will go from fast to spooky fast.
Sure the track is shorter, but the way it's laid out with banking and the straightaways, there is no doubt this track will be the fastest one the Gen-6 car will see all season long. With the Motor City on the outskirts of the Irish Hills, the Michigan International Speedway will welcome NASCAR next weekend, a weekend to honor the hard-working fathers in this country.
The writers are looking to get some momentum, as their picks for the Quicken Loans 400 will be due by Thursday, June 13, at 10 p.m. ET.