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Jimmie Johnson is the only Cup driver to be able to ring the Victory Bell twice this season.

Why he’s here: No other driver has two wins this season. That trumps all else.

Key 2016 moments: Johnson’s roll to victory in the Superman car at Fontana was superb and a little unexpected on a day when Harvick’s machine appeared to have the superior speed. But that’s typical of Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus, making the most out of what they have and sometimes even a little more.

Johnson’s other win came at Atlanta, and he’s led 18 laps or more in four of the five races. His total of 171 laps led trails only Harvick. He also finished third at Las Vegas and is second behind Harvick in points only because he managed just a 16th-place finish in the Daytona 500 and was 11th at Phoenix. 

Johnson took particular pride in beating not only Harvick at Fontana but also his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished 11th in the No. 88 Chevy featuring a Batman paint scheme. “We saved our best for last, for sure,” Johnson told Fox Sports. “I told everybody Superman would kick Batman’s butt, and it happened.”

What’s next: You know the driver with the nickname “Mr. Martinsville” loves going to the Virginia short track where he has won eight times and has a total of 18 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes in 28 career starts. The bad news for his competitors is that he’s also won a total of 10 times at the next three tracks after that, including six times at Texas.


Joe Menzer covers NASCAR as a Digital Content Producer for and writes about it and other sports for Bleacher Report. He also hosts a weekly radio show on ESPN 730 AM in Charlotte, N.C., and can be followed on Twitter @OneMenz.

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