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

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 15, 2014

Jimmie Johnson holding his daughter Genevieve, stands with his wife Chandra Janway after winning the NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)
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It was a very happy Father's Day for No. 48.

Jimmie Johnson took one week off from winning NASCAR races, but he was right back at it on Sunday in Michigan.

After taking the checkered flag in the Quicken Loans 400, Johnson has now won three races in a matter of four weeks. That's nothing short of impressive.

His previous two wins this season came at favorable tracks for the No. 48 car, but as Fox Sports NASCAR pointed out, this was Johnson's first win at Michigan International Speedway:

Johnson was ecstatic, as he transmitted his message to his crew, via a tweet from Hendrick Motorsports:

That just goes to show Johnson is becoming more dangerous by the week.

Johnson fended off pole-sitter Kevin Harvick, who led 63 laps during the race, to earn a trip to Victory Lane.

2014 Quicken Loans 400 Results
PlaceDriverStarting Pos.Laps LedPoints
1Jimmie Johnson73947
2Kevin Harvick16344
3Brad Keselowski6442
4Paul Menard5040
5Kasey Kahne13140
6Jeff Gordon23639
7Dale Earnhardt Jr.3138
8Kyle Larson12237
9Joey Logano92936
10Clint Bowyer15034

The full race results can be found at NASCAR.com.


This post-race tweet from Johnson says it all:

With yet another win from Johnson, the Sprint Cup season standings were shaken up in a big way:

2014 Sprint Cup Standings (Through June 15)
RankDriverPointsWinsTop 5Top 10
1Jeff Gordon5371511
2Jimmie Johnson5223610
3Dale Earnhardt Jr.5142710
4Matt Kenseth5130510
5Brad Keselowski490178
6Carl Edwards462137
7Joey Logano454268
8Kyle Larson454037
9Kevin Harvick447257
10Kyle Busch446136

The full Sprint Cup standings can be found at NASCAR.com.


Here's a look at how Johnson got it done:

So, what's next for Johnson?

First, he will have his sights set on Sonoma next week for the Toyota/Save Mart 350. The race has produced nine different winners over its last nine races. But Johnson is included in that short list, taking the checkered flag in 2010.

That will be followed up by the Quaker State 400. Last season, Johnson finished third at Kentucky Speedway behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards.

His prior success at those two races is a good sign for Johnson, who clearly seems to be in top form right now and carrying plenty of momentum. But it only gets better.

Following those races is the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Johnson is the defending champion after finally earning his first win in the race in 2013.

With a great shot in these upcoming races, a tweet from the Orange Cone could certainly be right on the money:

Needless to say, Johnson is already in great position, but taking the upcoming schedule into consideration, he has a serious chance to pull away from the field.

It sure looks like we'll be seeing much more of this throughout the remaining season:

After starting the season in a winless slump—something hardly anyone remembers at this point—Johnson is emerging as the season's most dominant driver.

He has already put himself in close contention to take the lead in the Sprint Cup standings, and he's showing no signs of slowing down.