Mar
18

There's No Place Like Home...

Racing

…there’s no place like home. And just like Dorothy, Jimmie Johnson is going home. But he doesn’t need a pair of red slippers to get there: he has a red cape.

By now, everyone knows the origins of NASCAR’s Superman (or if you don’t, we’ve got you covered here). As would only be fitting, Jimmie Johnson is also the Superman of his home track in Fontana, California. Heading into this weekend’s Auto Club 400, there is no doubt the six-time champ has his cape. 

5 wins, 12 top-five’s, 15 top-ten’s, 955 laps led, and an average finish of 6.8 are all series leading stats owned by Johnson at the racy 2-mile oval. Perhaps most impressive of all, in his 21 starts at the track, he has completed every lap of competition. All 4,899 of them.

15 years, 76 wins, and 6 championships ago, Jimmie Johnson was just a Clark Kent, a winless (though promising) rookie. But on a warm spring Sunday in May of 2002, the world got their first glimpse of a stock car super hero. In only his thirteenth start, Johnson grabbed victory #1 in front of the hometown crowd.

Still the most treasured win of his career, Johnson and his Team Lowe’s Racing crew will do everything in their power to keep the magic this weekend in SoCal. Superman is so determined, in fact, that he’s letting his pit crew borrow a little of his power. 

So who will it be? Batman (a.k.a. Dale Earnhardt Jr.) or Superman? Join to fun on social media and tell us what you think! Be sure to follow Jimmie and Dale on Twitter as they banter back and forth all weekend, and don’t forget to follow Hendrick Motorsports to see all the behind the scenes action!

You don’t want to miss this Sunday’s real life Super Hero Face Off! Tune in to FOX at 3:30 PM ET and watch Superman’s cape fly.