Jimmie Johnson's Outlook for Remainder of 2014 NASCAR Season After Win at Dover

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 1, 2014

DOVER, DE - JUNE 01:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, celebrates with champagne in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on June 1, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Jimmie Johnson did it again at Dover on Sunday. The defending Sprint Cup Series champion led for an impressive 272 laps before taking the checkered flag and heading to Victory Lane for his second consecutive race.   

Team Lowe's Racing tweeted an idea of a new nickname for No. 48:

With the victory, Johnson joins some elite company, according to a tweet from Matt Willis of ESPN:

This marks Johnson's ninth win at Dover—the most by any driver at the track. Although, that wasn't the only record he broke on Sunday.

According to a tweet from Fox Sports NASCAR, Johnson also became the all-time lap leader at the Monster Mile following his dominant performance:

Johnson may have come up empty-handed through 11 races, but after 13, he's now one of just three drivers to win multiple races this season.

One driver who expressed his impression with Johnson's performance at Dover was Dale Earnhardt Jr., via Twitter:

With the win, Johnson continues to climb the Sprint Cup standings. Here's a look at his position following Dover:

2014 Sprint Cup Standings
PositionDriverPointsWinsTop 5Top10
1Matt Kenseth4630510
2Jeff Gordon461159
3Carl Edwards438137
4Jimmie Johnson436258
5Dale Earnhardt Jr.429168
6Joey Logano414267
7Kyle Busch411136
8Brad Keselowski404156
9Denny Hamlin379134
10Kyle Larson377025

Complete series standings can be found at NASCAR.com.


Before Johnson raced at Charlotte, many people were asking when he would finally get a win. Now, after emerging victorious once again at Dover, there's no question he's in top form and carrying a wave of momentum.

After all, Johnson's car was magnificent on Sunday, as he pulled away from the field with relative ease. His excitement was evident over the radio once he crossed the finish line, according to Jeff Gluck of USA Today:

What a car, indeed.

So, what's next on the agenda for Johnson?

He'll head to Pennsylvania next, as Pocono Raceway is the series' next venue. Have you guessed who the defending champion is yet? That's right, it's Johnson.

Last year was the second time Johnson won the Pocono 400—his first victory coming in 2004. The way he's running right now, it's difficult not to consider him the heavy favorite heading into the race.

It may not be too long before Miss Sprint Cup tweets another similar picture of No. 48 and his crew:

If Johnson can win it again, and complete the hat trick, he'll be the first driver with three wins this season. Not too shabby considering he was recently winless.

Considering Johnson's hot hand, momentum and ever-growing confidence right now, it may not be long until he tops the Sprint Cup standings once again.

There are plenty of races remaining this season, but one thing is for certain: Johnson has absolutely established his dominance on the track once more and has put himself in great position.