The Long Reign of Jimmie Johnson


It was down to two. The Monster Mile, a concrete racing oval at Dover International Speedway in Delaware with a reputation for grinding expensive stock cars into junk, had done its work. Only the number 48 of Jimmie Johnson and the number 42 of Kyle Larson were in position to take the checkered flag. Larson had the faster car by far and had dominated the race, leading for 241 laps. Meanwhile, Johnson had negotiated the Monster like a truant pleading for leniency. He was running on worn tires; he’d been in the lead for a grand total of four laps.

Yet now, a late yellow caution flag, which requires a driver to slow down because of a hazard on the track, meant the outcome rested on a final restart. When the green flag waved,

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Maxim

Maxim2 min read
Lotus CEO Phil Popham On The Future Of The Brand
In September of 2017 China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group announced it had bought a majority 51% stake in Lotus Cars. By next year they’d hired Phil Popham as their CEO. Plucked from the luxury boat maker Sunseeker, with a previous stop at Jaguar Lan
Maxim2 min read
Master Of The Sky
The $474 million Boeing BBJ 777X is without a doubt the new king of the private jet set. It will be the largest and most luxurious business jet in production, with the first aircraft slated to perform a maiden flight next year. With a cabin measuring
Maxim2 min read
The Return of Raffles
It first opened in 1887 with just 10 rooms, was declared a National Monument a century later by the Singapore government, and has played host to everyone from Grace Kelly and Queen Elizabeth to Karl Lagerfeld. The iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore at 1