Shortly after climbing out of his No. 48 Batman v Superman Chevrolet SS after winning the Auto Club 400, Jimmie Johnson did his best Superman impression.
He donned Superman’s trademark red cape and celebrated in Auto Club Speedway’s Victory Lane.
If there were any questions as to whether or not he was driving a speeding bullet on Sunday, the Overtime restart on Lap 204 answered it. When the race restarted for the final time after the sixth caution period, Johnson blitzed by Kevin Harvick, who had been the class of the field all day.
Harvick started and finished second while leading a race-high 142 of the event’s 205 laps. Unlike the the finishes at Daytona and Phoenix, Johnson had a big enough lead at the finish line that it was never in doubt as to who the winner was.
In Lionel Racing’s inaugural “Power 10,” Johnson was ranked third. Would the win in Southern California boost the 77-time winner up the chart? Who fell out of the Power 10 this week and who were they replaced by? Read on to find out.
The Power 10 is a weekly ranking of the current best 10 drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series according to a panel of NASCAR fans/employees here at Lionel Racing. Each week, panel members submit their list of 10 driver, which are then compiled to create “Lionel Racing’s Power 10.”
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(Note: Only the 10 drivers receiving the highest average ranking are shown. Last week’s ranking are in parentheses.)
1. Jimmie Johnson (3): After proving you are actually Superman and posting your 77th career win, a move to the top of the Power 10 for Johnson only seems fitting.
2. Kevin Harvick (1): Harvick was the unfortunate beneficiary of Johnson’s superhero actions, but there is no question, the No. 4 Chevy was the fastest car on the track for the majority of the race.
3. Kyle Busch (2): A blown tire on his No. 18 Toyota with five laps to go sent the race to Overtime, not only affecting the outcome of the race but also knocking him out of a definite top-five finish.
4. Carl Edwards (6): Another solid performance and top-10 finish moved Edwards up two spots in the points standings (to third) and in our Power 10.
5. Denny Hamlin (9): After winning the Daytona 500 and recording two middle-of-the-road finishes in the next two races, Hamlin has effectively bounced back with two consecutive third-place showings.
6. Joey Logano (8): A fourth-place finish after leading three laps on Sunday bounced Logano up two spots in these rankings
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (4): Although Earnhardt wasn’t in contention for the lead during most of the Auto Club 400, he still finished with a respectable 11th in his Batman car.
8. Chase Elliott (NR): He is proving he has what it takes to belong after his third top 10 of the season; he’d be much higher on this list if he didn’t have two finishes in the low 30s.
9. Martin Truex Jr. (5): Truex started 2016 with a runner-up performance in the Daytona 500 and followed that up with three more strong performances followed by a 32nd on Sunday. Consider Sunday’s finish an anomaly.
10. Brad Keselowski (7): Keselowski has grouped his Vegas win and a pair of ninth-place finishes with two performances in the 20s.