FENWICK: Spinning Wheels

Don't say that Jimmie Johnson is back. The six-time Sprint Cup champion never left. (NASCAR Photo)
Don’t say that Jimmie Johnson is back. The six-time Sprint Cup champion never left. (NASCAR Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. — Here are our thoughts, comments and observations following a busy weekend of racing:

– Anybody who thought Jimmie Johnson had really lost a step wasn’t thinking clearly. Johnson could have and should have won at Auto Club Speedway in California earlier this year were it not for a tire failure late in the race. His back-to-back victories in the Coca-Cola 600 and Sunday at Dover Int’l Speedway simply reminded Sprint Cup competitors whose yard they are playing in.

– I have a difficult time believing Matt Kenseth is having a bad season if he is leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. Yes, he hasn’t won a race yet and at the end of the day winning races is all that matters. However, if he is leading the standings he and his Joe Gibbs Racing team must be doing something right.

– Tony Stewart having (and actually using) a Twitter account surely means the world is coming to an end, right?

– Moving on to open-wheel racing, who else is in love with these doubleheader weekends from the Verizon IndyCar Series? This is the second year for the IndyCar doubleheaders and it’s still difficult to believe other major racing tours don’t do more of this. Yes it’s hard on the equipment and the crews, but the exposure these kind of events generate more than make up for it.

– Ryan Hunter-Reay must be happy to put Detroit in his rearview after having a disastrous weekend at Belle Isle Park. He came into the event with a comfortable lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings after his Indianapolis 500 victory, but left third in the standings. He is 27 markers behind Will Power.

– Donny Schatz now has the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship lead. Does that mean summer is officially underway? He always seems to turn on the afterburners around this time every year.

– Happy Birthday to the “King of the Outlaws” Steve Kinser, who celebrated his 60th birthday Monday.

– Is there anyone able to beat Andrew Ranger on a road course in the ARCA Racing Series? He has now won four-straight ARCA events at New Jersey Motorsports Park over the last four seasons.

– It’s wonderful to know that after three-straight victories to start the season Grant Enfinger will run the entire ARCA Racing Series schedule. Even after winning the third race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, Enfinger wasn’t sure his team would be able to find the sponsorship dollars to run for the championship. That has since been resolved and he will be racing for the title.

– Someone is going to beat defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez this year. The question is who? Same goes for the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Formula One. Eventually someone, perhaps the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, will find a way to beat them.

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Adam Fenwick
Adam Fenwick is the Associate Editor of SPEEDSPORT.com and SPEED SPORT Magazine. Both a writer and photographer, you can find him at race tracks across the Southeast covering anything from asphalt late models to dirt sprint cars.