Look Who’s Back

Rest assured race fans, Jimmie Johnson isn’t hard to find.  Especially when sporting his new rainbow wig for the Madagascar 3 movie promotion.

The first part of the 2012 season heard whispers of the five-time Cup champion looking less than spectacular.  A carry over from last year where questions of team chemistry were asked aloud after the five-time champ collected a career low two wins for the season.

His competitors are now seeing the familiar numeral 48 atop of the scoring pylon in recent weeks.

Now those same whispers are asking if Johnson and Knaus are back to their winning ways.

Johnson continued to deliver his Dover dominance, winning for the seventh time this past weekend on the concrete oval.  The closest threat to spoiling his dominant run on Sunday was his teammate, Jeff Gordon.

Hendrick Motorsports in-fact have actually collected a victory in the last six NASCAR events, beginning with Johnson’s win in Darlington.  His team also won the Pit Crew Challenge along with the Sprint All-Star Race.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Sprint Showdown and Kasey Kahne took home the trophy from the Coca-Cola 600.

Other owners in the garage will now wonder if the entire Hendrick organization will continue their run until the season ending race in Homestead.  Momentum has certainly spread since the 200 win milestone culminated less than a month ago.  Gordon and Kahne will need to continue building on some recent momentum and collect wins to see Mr. Hendrick earn a chase spot for all four of his teams.

Each of the Hendrick teams seem to have the right combination between drivers, crew chiefs, and crew members.  The thought of seeing each driver make the chase doesn’t seem far-fetched.

One group already has the look of mid-season championship form.

The Lowes 48 team was looking very cohesive in victory lane at Dover, all wearing multicolored wigs while posing for the cameras.

Sighs and deep breaths from the competition because it looks like they’re indeed back again for another run.

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