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Jimmie Johnson wins at Richmond

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Jimmie Johnson won the rain delayed Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway earlier today.

Chevrolet - in particular Hendrick Motorsports - has dominated the season winning 9 of the 10 races with HMS claiming 7 of those.

In the final running order Chevrolet grabbed the first four spots and six of the top ten.

1. 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's

2. 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST

3. 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express

4. 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont

5. 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite

6. 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL

7. 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Reese's

8. 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot

9. 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet DIRECTV

10. 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 139/5

11. 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar

12. 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot

13. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser

14. 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries

15. 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker

16. 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Moen / Menards

17. 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army

18. 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC

19. 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M

20. 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA Travel

21. 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target

22. 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV

23. 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Waste Management

24. 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas Automation

25. 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Merchant's Tire / Auto Ctrs

26. 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline

27. 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW

28. 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker

29. 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Domino's Pizza

30. 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools

31. 46 Johnny Benson Toyota wyler.com / TRD

32. 84 A.J. Allmendinger * Toyota Red Bull

33. 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet CertainTeed

34. 7 Robby Gordon Ford MAPEI / Menards

35. 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Va. Tech / State Water Heaters

36. 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans.

37. 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Pedigree 52/0 369

38. 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light

39. 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing

40. 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW

41. 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal

42. 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M's 37/0 275

43. 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet LENOX Industrial Tools

* Denotes Rookie

Chevrolet Drivers also have a lock on the top spots in the poin standings. The top 12 drivers will make the chase for the championship. Chevy drivers are in 9 of the top 12 spots.

1. Jeff Gordon 1691

2. Jimmie Johnson 1480

3. Matt Kenseth 1431

4. Denny Hamlin 1359

5. Jeff Burton 1352

6. Kyle Busch 1229

7. Tony Stewart 1225

8. Kevin Harvick 1203

9. Kurt Busch 1198

10. Clint Bowyer 1159

11. Carl Edwards 1131

12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1118

Chevy drivers in bold.

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The Hendrick cars are unstopable this year, I just don't get it. Also, I won the pool at my local bar this week, finishing 1,2,4,5,6.

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That feller's goof at goin' `round circles, I `reckon.

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I have a feeling that Jimmy may be having another championship year. I'm Hendrick Motorsports fan... but I want to see Jeff win. Screw Jimmy. :P

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I have a feeling that Jimmy may be having another championship year. I'm Hendrick Motorsports fan... but I want to see Jeff win. Screw Jimmy. :P

Yeah, Jeff should win this year...

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I think Jeff will win this year. His car is strong, and he looks like his former self

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I think Jeff will win this year. His car is strong, and he looks like his former self

Exactly, this is the old Jeff back again. Also, Jarrett did not make the show, Toyota's money wasn't very well spent on him.

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Exactly, this is the old Jeff back again. Also, Jarrett did not make the show, Toyota's money wasn't very well spent on him.

At about 70 laps to go I saw a David Balney's Toy car as #4, I was there will be some champagnes in Japan. But then he was yet to pit. ended up like 11.

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At about 70 laps to go I saw a David Balney's Toy car as #4, I was there will be some champagnes in Japan. But then he was yet to pit. ended up like 11.

Well good for Blaney I guess. He is a good driver, and is a blast to watch in a sprint car. It's not his fault that his owner hops in with every new manufacturer that comes into the sport. He also missed the show last week though.
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Once Jeff Gordon got past the distraction of his ugly divorice, got remarried he turned into his former self. He is happier than he has been in years and it shows. I think this year Jeff will get his 5th title. He'll get close to and maybe pass Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison on the all time win list. Waltrip and Allison are tied for 3rd with 84 wins a piece.

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My fear is that with how Jimmy is winning (4 races already... harks back to Jeff's own 98 season), when it comes down to the Chase, Jimmy will most likely get the championship unless runs into alot of back luck late in the season. The same thing happened in 2004 when the Chase was first introduced... Jeff collected the most points all season and would have had his 5th championship if had not been for the Chase.

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My fear is that with how Jimmy is winning (4 races already... harks back to Jeff's own 98 season), when it comes down to the Chase, Jimmy will most likely get the championship unless runs into alot of back luck late in the season. The same thing happened in 2004 when the Chase was first introduced... Jeff collected the most points all season and would have had his 5th championship if had not been for the Chase.

Now you can take the extra 10 bonus points for winning a race into the chase with you though, so if Gordon and Jimmie keep winning the way they are, they will definately be ahead of the other 10 once they start the chase. I have a feeling this may be Gordon's year though. Gordon shows a ton more discipline when he gets in tight spots, and IMO he is the better driver.

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Despite the fact that Jimmie has won more races, Jeff still leads the points by 211. No matter how many times NASCAR changes the points system consistency still wins championships, and right now Jeff Gordon is the most consistent driver. While Jimmie Johnson may very well be on track to winning 15 races this year that still doesn't guarentee him the title. Besides that you have to look out for the Gibbs Racing guys. Tony Stewart, and Denny Hamlin are really running the COT races well but they have yet to cash in. Tony is a second half driver and usually starts winning after the 2nd trip to Daytona. Denny put on a clinic at Pocono, twice. Jeff Gordon is not going to walk away with it, neither will Jimmie Johnson, but as of right now they are the favorites to win it all. Don't forget Jeff Gordon owns part of Jimmie Johnson's car, so he wins either way.

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True. But I'm still worried. I really want to see Jeff get his 5th Championship. It'll give me more incentive to buy more Jeff Gordon stuff for my den. :P

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Heh... Well, my den is about 8' by 9' and already has my drawing desk, two shelves, and a bunch of crap in it. I don't think either would fit. I'm not opposed to more diecast models, though. :P

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