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Jimmie Johnson's Outlook for Rest of 2014 NASCAR Season After Win at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 25:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet, poses in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 26, 2014

Jimmie Johnson silenced his doubters on Sunday night in Charlotte.

The esteemed driver had yet to win a race this season, leaving many to wonder if he'd be able to climb out of his slump.

Johnson couldn't have responded in a better way.

After an intense 600 miles, Johnson emerged victorious in the Coca-Cola 600. His win marked the first time a driver took the checkered flag from the pole position at Charlotte since 2004.

The last driver to accomplish the feat? That would be Johnson, himself, according to a tweet from Jim Utter of The Charlotte Observer:

While in Victory Lane, Johnson spoke of his dry run, via Jeff Gluck of USA Today, "There are more people fretting about things than myself. I mean, what, (13) races? I mean, give me a break."

Charlotte was a perfect location for Johnson to get his season back on track. Sunday marked the seventh time he's won at the track, making him its all-time wins leader, according to a tweet from Marty Smith of ESPN:

Here's a look at Johnson hoisting his new trophy, courtesy of a tweet from Team Lowe's Racing:

Not only did Johnson earn his first win of the season, but it propelled him up the ranks in the Sprint Cup standings.

Before the race, he found himself well off Jeff Gordon's pace. After his win, Johnson moved up from No. 7 to No. 6 in the standings and is now just 44 points off the lead.

Take a look at his masterful performance in Charlotte:

Johnson's momentum comes at a perfect time.

On Sunday, he'll travel to Dover to take part in the FedEX 400—a race Johnson last won in 2012.

That wasn't the only time Johnson's found success at the Monster Mile. He'll be going for his ninth victory in Dover next week, according to the track's official Twitter account:

If Johnson can find a way to earn back-to-back victories, he'll join Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick as the season's only multiple-race winners.

It's safe to say that would make just about anyone forget he began the season without winning a race over his first 11 starts.

Momentum goes a long way, and Johnson has plenty of it after such a thrilling victory in Charlotte.

Now that he's broken the ice, and achieved his first win of the season, expect a brilliant run from Johnson in the coming races. Charlotte was just the beginning for this celebrated driver, and with plenty of races left this year, it won't be the last time he sees Victory Lane.

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