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Jimmie Johnson sweeps the pole at Banking 500

Jimmie Johnson continues to establish himself as the guy to beat in Nascar's 2009 Chase for the Cup by winning the Banking 500 this past Saturday.


Let's face it, Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson is a winner. This guy is never far from the top of the points rankings and damn near always a top finisher in NASCAR events, especially in races that count the most such as those that take place at the end of the Nascar season, the Chase for the Sprint Cup series. Roughly a week ago, Johnson finished in first place and ranked first in the Pepsi 500 race in California, and this past Saturday, Jimmie continued his winning ways for the second week in a row by claiming yet another victory. So here it is--the final laps of the 2009 Nascar Banking 500

The Banking 500 took place at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., and as (seemingly) always, Johnson positioned himself at the top of the racing pack basically from beginning to finale (despite a late rivalry with Jeff Gordon). Speaking of finishing, by the end of the race, Johnson had swept the poles by starting, finishing and ranking No. 1. This not only marks Jimmie's second first-place finish in a row, but it's also notable because he has now won three of the first five Chase races, and it looks like he is the front runner for yet another Nascar championship title.