The Winston Cup season is becoming a lesson in teaching old dogs new tricks. The “Young Guns” are making a statement this season, and one of the biggest showings has to be last weekend’s winner, Jimmie Johnson.
He put on a tremendous showing, running away with most of The Winston in Charlotte a few weeks ago only to be shuffled to the back and subsequently almost winning it from the back.
Then last week he sat in the wings waiting to pounce on the old school racers. He did – Johnson took the lead for good and never looked back, holding off Bill Elliott at the end for the win. He has a Winston Cup victory already on the season and is now second in points to Sterling Marlin. Other so called young-guns include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rich Bickle, Kevin Harvik and Matt Kenseth just to name a few. The trend is toward putting those drivers in good cars and equipment early. The results are a goodly portion of wins. It has also helped that the dilution of difficult tracks for the more cookie cutter style speedways has made the transition much easier than it was in the past for success early in a driver’s career. To take nothing away from these racers, it is making for more exciting racing in the post Earnhardt era that was bleak to say the least.

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