How the race was won
Stories of the race
Mother Nature: Wind, rain and a decent dust storm kicked up on Sunday, forcing an unusual stoppage in Phoenix. Track conditions changed constantly, though hardly to the detriment of Johnson.
Gordon blows up: In what was most likely his last best chance at a victory in 2008, Jeff Gordon suffered engine trouble that ultimately put his car behind the wall. It's been a tough go for the four-time champion, who, despite watching his teammate cruise to victory lane with ease, remains a professional's professional.
What were they thinking
It's a sad commentary on NASCAR when ABC preempts what is essentially a playoff game for "America's Funniest Home Videos," which is what viewers in the Eastern and Central Time Zones saw happen. Yes indeed, NASCAR still has a long way to go in its effort to be grouped among the big boys over at the NFL, MLB and NBA.
Grading the race
The racing up front was devoid of any real action, mostly because Johnson was so good. Not only has he sapped the Chase of any drama, he's doing it within races, as well. He and his team are good. We know that. Now it's up to the rest of the field to catch up and make Sundays feel a little less scripted. Grade: B-
From the source
Jimmie Johnson: "The thing I love most about this team is it might take a while but we're going to take a deep breath, and look at things to get it dialed in and we certainly did that last night. I wore Chad (Knaus) out last night calling him up and asking him questions. His laptop was burning. I mean these guys were working for every little thing they could find to make this car drive better today. And we made it a dominant car."
Kurt Busch: "What Jimmie is doing is something very special. They're on their game and it's really something special to watch. It's a privilege."