Johnson proven winner

Shawn Courchesne

Hartford Courant

Kyle Busch? Brad Keselowski? Jeff Gordon? Kevin Harvick?

No, no, no and no.

Sure, it has become the fashionable thing to pick against Jimmie Johnson when it comes to the NASCAR Chase for the Championship. Here's a tip: Don't do it.

Until Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team don't win the championship, it's impossible not to predict them to win it all.

After five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, the Hendrick team has proved its has mastered the 10-race NASCAR playoff format. And over those five years, it has shown it doesn't matter what kind of roll the team is on coming into the Chase. When it starts, Johnson & Co. know how to turn it on.

scourchesne@tribune.com

Gordon rejuvenated

George Diaz

Orlando Sentinel

The Hendrick Motorsports dynasty will reign supreme once again.

Only it won't be Jimmie Johnson breaking the bubbly. It's going to be his good friend, Jeff Gordon.

At 40 and in his 20th season as a driver, Gordon is rejuvenated and roaring into the 10-race Chase playoffs.

After winning three regular-season races, Gordon is seeded third for the Chase, three points behind Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. He has 14 top-10 finishes in 26 races.

Johnson is consistently strong again and will be a formidable foe, but come November, it will be Gordon celebrating his fifth Cup title.

gdiaz@tribune.com

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