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The Drive For Five Is Alive...and Well For The #48

Jim FolsomContributorFebruary 22, 2010

FONTANA, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 with a burnout at Auto Club Speedway on February 21, 2010 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Should we just go ahead and give him the trophy now? Might as well. Jimmie Johnson is picking up right where he's left off the last four years. He's won in Fontana, again.

Talent and good fortune are a hard combo to beat. Along with the backing of the best (and richest) organization in the sport, and it's nearly impossible. As long as his luck keeps holding out, Jimmie is a lock for another Sprint Cup Championship this year.

Frustration is starting to set in for the other competitors. Yesterday Kevin Harvick was obviously a bit frustrated when he, only half jokingly, said that the 48 team "has a gold coin up it's ass." He said they are the luckiest team in NASCAR. Yesterday Johnson even admitted as much.

They are good. And Jimmie can flat drive. But it seems like the last four years plus, every call Chad Knaus makes turns to gold. As opposed to a guy like Steve Letarte who it seems has the opposite touch. Cautions seem to happen at just the right time for Johnson. Yesterday one happened while he was pitting and barely allowed him to stay on the lead lap. Then when all the guys came in, he finds himself in the lead.

And to top it all off, he even has the weather cooperating. Nasty black clouds hovered near the track for most of the second half of the race. A good soaking would have ended it at any time. It could have easily made a winner of Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, or Scott Speed. But the rain held off long enough to allow Johnson to win.

Just give him the trophy already.

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