Points leader Johnson not happy about format

Sunday, August 1, 2004

LONG POND, Pa. -- Sometimes, Jimmie Johnson lets his mind drift to how he could be building on his Nextel Cup points lead, not worrying about fighting for it over the last 10 races.

If Johnson had a 165-point lead over the next driver in previous years, he would have been in a very promising position for his first NASCAR championship. Instead, NASCAR's new 10-race "Chase for the Championship," will lump him in without much of an edge with nine other drivers.

"Sitting here complaining too much about it isn't going to do me a lot of good," Johnson said Saturday after practice was rained out at Pocono Raceway. "It's the same for everyone and it's time to get to work."

Johnson has been perhaps the most dominant driver this year, finishing out of the top 10 only five times. He has three wins.

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