By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Jimmie Johnson started the season off by finishing 35th at Daytona… However the four-time champ wouldn’t stay down long, as he won at Auto Club Speedway. Not only did he win, but he did so in dominating fashion.
He clinched the most laps led in the event by the 132nd lap of the 250 lap race.
Johnson who didn’t lead a lap at Daytona, got back on track with this win. Along with the win he climbs 23 spots in the point standings from 35th to 12th.
Johnson held off a ferocious charge by Kevin Harvick at the end. Harvick was right on the rear bumper of Johnson with three laps to go, when he slipped too far up the track with three laps to go.
Harvick who had a terrible season last year is looking great through two races in 2010, along with his teammates Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer. Richard Childress, which failed to get one of his cars in the chase last season, currently has all three of his cars in the top-12 in points. This is a huge step for an organization that looked in disarray last season.
What’s even more impressive is that Harvick is the point leader after two races, and Clint Bowyer sits second.
Jeff Burton would finish third, followed by Mark Martin, and “sliced bread” Joey Logano.