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Jimmie Johnson Sends Message To Chase Contenders

Posted by Keith Murray on September 1, 2008

With one more race to go to the start of the Chase of ’08, Jimmie Johnson and company sent a strong message to the competition – “Don’t count us out.” The last few weeks have been dominated by talk of the 18 and 99 teams, and rightly so. They have been at the top of the game. But for those that think the championship is a lock for Kyle Busch or Carl Edwards, Johnson showed the competition tonight in California that he is turning up the heat at the right time while leading 227 of 250 laps on his way to a dominating win.

It is no secret that the 48 team is a streaky team. When they get hot, they can reel off three or four victories in a row as they showed in the Chase last year. When they get cold, they struggle for several weeks at a time. They are hitting their stride at just the right time.

With back to back championships, Johnson has proven he has the patience and the nerve to perform under pressure. With a totally dominating performance on such a large track, the competition would be foolish to count him out. Johnson and crew chief, Chad Knaus, are showing that they have what it takes to be the first NASCAR team in 30 years to pull off the hat trick with three championships in a row. The competition should be nervous.

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