By admin | June 9, 2013
By Richard Allen
Jimmie Johnson is often reffered to as a vanilla driver for his ability to always say the right things. In other words, he has a tendency to be somewhat bland and boring. That, in turn, brings about the referrence to the somewhat lifeless flavoring.
On Sunday at the Pocono Raceway, Johnson dominated a race that proved to be less than eventful. In other words, it was quite vanilla. The No. 48 was out front for 128 of the race’s 160 laps and pulled away after several late race restarts for a relatively easy win.
The few highlights included Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart almost spinning after some contact. And, Juan Pablo Montoya and Matt Kenseth went for a slide after light contact. Other than that, it was a cake walk during the “Party in the Poconos 400″ for Johnson.
NASCAR waved the yellow flag a few times, conveniently just after green flag pit stop cycles had been complered, for “debris”. Those cautions kept the field bunched, but even with that, there was nothing anyone could do with the eventual winner.
One of those cautions came just at the point in which the race would have been turned into a fuel mileage stretch, potentially injecting at least some drama. But alas, there were a couple of minor mishaps that allowed everyone to make it with gas left in the tank. So instead, the resulting restarts provided what little intrigue that could be mustered.
But don’t worry, there will still be plenty of ammunition for those who insist on carrying NASCAR’s water for them. After all, Johnson’s margin of victory was only 1.208 seconds and there were 31 cars on the lead lap at the end. Also, popular Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished a solid 3rd while Danica Patrick “kept the fenders on the car and logged valuable seat time” on her way to a 29th place finish.
Someone prior to the green flag tweeted that the grandstands in Pocono were packed. The overhead camera shots showed a very different picture as there were scores of empty seats exposed. Another person(@J_Fellenbaum) tweeted me during the race that, “I’ve had 20 people in my section just leave.”
Jimmie Johnson has a number of fans. But at the same time, there are many who believe that he is too vanilla for their tastes. Many of the ‘media elite’ types keep trying to force feed fans that the races are really very exciting and that Johnson is not as boring as some believe him to be.
In my view, a vanilla driver won a vanilla race. What did you think?
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