Hot Johnson leaves
his mark at Brickyard

Aug 8, 2006 7:27 AM

Jimmie Johnson’s victory at the Brickyard 400 now gives the Hendrick organization five victories in 13 tries at the Brickyard. But this win was more than a checkered flag and big pay day.

The way Nextel Cup points leader Johnson was able bypass a tire issue and march toward a victory in one of the most glorious races of the year was something of epic proportions. Things haven’t worked out so well for Johnson in the last two seasons, while enduring the chase for the championship.

Johnson has been the leader at this juncture the last two seasons, but has failed to capitalize. This time looks to be just a bit different and value is surely to be found on Johnson to win the title. If Johnson doesn’t succeed, look for lots of change ups in the system.

This week the drivers head to Watkins Glen International for the second road course event of the season. Jeff Gordon dominated in the first road race of the year at Sonoma, continuing a trend of dominance he’s established over his career on the roads.

The trends lead us to select the top drivers on the circuit for this week’s race. You can eliminate several out of the gate. It will be a same story song again — only a few capable of winning.

The drivers to look for this week begin with Jeff Gordon. Tony Stewart has won the last two Glen events, but Gordon is the driver to watch. Because the top teams in NASCAR are not bringing in hired assassins as in the past, those top organizations will be tougher than ever to beat.

Boris Said and Scott Pruett look to be the toughest competitors going against the regulars, however, they’ll be taken down again this week. The best road warrior of them all at The Glen is Ron Fellows. Unfortunately, Fellows drives for one of the worst teams in NASCAR.

Fellows knows every crack on the asphalt in the roads at Watkins Glen and has put more miles on the track than anyone else. However his adventure into the new NASCAR where he doesn’t fit in anymore, will likely end him a rude 33rd place finish.