With just four races left in 2013, the Sprint Cup Trophy looks like Jimmie Johnson's to lose as he heads to a track where he's been dominant. The Granite Stripe looks at who might be able to unseat the points leader at Martinsville. The race goes green at 2 p.m. on Sunday on ESPN.
LISTEN to the Granite Stripe (2013, Ep. 35): Talladega, Jimmie Johnson, Martinsville
Jonathan and Gavin recap Jamie McMurray's win at Talladega, discuss Jimmie Johnson's legacy and preview Martinsville. At 40:30, they discuss their favorite TV show, The Walking Dead.
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'Dega is done, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series can now move on to more predictable outcomes with just four races to go in the season. The good news for the Chaser drivers is that the top five contenders, the only five that still had a legitimate shot at the title, emerged no worse for the wear at Talladega.
FIGURE out where the drivers stack up with the Magic Mile Power Rankings
1. Jimmie Johnson - A 13th-place finish might not have been the outcome Five-Time was looking for, but at the end of the day he did exactly what he needed to. He finished ahead of Matt Kenseth on the track and now has his first lead in the Chase by four points over the former points leader.
Here's the truth for you, NASCAR fans: Jimmie Johnson is the best driver of this generation. You might not be able to handle that right now, but when we look back in 20 or 30 years, he's the one we'll be telling our grandchildren about. His greatness will be what we remember.