Jimmie Johnson looks to build on massive points lead

Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson could sit out the Brickyard 400 and still be on top of the...

Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson could sit out the Brickyard 400 and still be on top of the standings. (REUTERS)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:55 PM ET

TORONTO - Sunday’s Brickyard 400 marks the unofficial start to the second half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

And guess who is on top of the points parade — yes, that would be five-time champion himself, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

He is 56 points in front of second-place Clint Bowyer in the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota and a whopping 118 points ahead of his fifth place teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.

What this means in practical terms is that Johnson could stay home this weekend, watch the race on his big-screen TV and still be top dog when the race was over.

Not that it will happen, of course, because Johnson would love nothing more than to become the first five-time winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval.


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