Can anyone stop Jimmie Johnson?
After Kyle Busch crashed at Kansas Speedway - not once, but twice during the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday - he wrecked his position in the points standings as well. Busch trailed points leader Johnson by 18 entering Sunday's STP 400. With his early exit and 38th-place finish, coupled with Johnson's third-place finish, a 54-point deficit exists between now seventh-place Busch and Johnson.
That's more points than the winning driver of a race earns after leading the most laps (48). And he's not alone. Following the first eight races of the season, Johnson could sit out an event and still have an edge on every driver from fifth-place Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is 48 points behind, on back through the field. And he's already 37 points ahead of Kasey Kahne, who is second.
The size of Johnson's advantage raises the question: Can the Chase for the Sprint Cup come soon enough for most of the competitors?
Ironically, it was Sunday's winner Matt Kenseth and...