|Johnson has the inside track to the Cup title after his win at Martinsville. (Getty Images)|
I'll stay with the guy I picked back in February: Jimmie Johnson.
Now that Johnson has taken back the series point lead with his Martinsville victory, some folks already want to engrave his name on the Sprint Cup trophy. While I still believe he'll prevail, it will be anything but an easy path to title No. 6. Brad Keselowski will make sure of it.
Johnson and Keselowski are the last two men standing in this year's championship picture. Forget about Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne or anyone else still mathematically alive. This year's Chase started as a two man heavyweight battle between Johnson and Keselowski and will go down to the wire with that storyline.
But in the end Johnson will prevail. The Hendrick bunch is just too good at this time of the year and have patented the run to the crown during the Chase era like no other team. The work to keep Johnson on the lead lap and eventually to a top-10 finish in Kansas after he plowed into the wall was vintage No. 48 team.
Keselowski has surprised many with his effort and don't expect the Penske Racing driver to go down without a fight. But Johnson will be the one hoisting the Sprint Cup trophy after the checkered flag flies in Homestead.