Some of you might know that I'm a NASCAR fan. You might also know that Jimmy Johnson, # 48, is the man.
Today at Dover he led the most laps and looked like he was capable of winning the race until a late race caution changed all that. He got shuffled all the way back to 9th place with 25 laps to go. That's a lot of distance to make up. Then another caution happened where he couldn't advance his position.
Then his determination and confidence in the quality car that his team had assembled and fine-tuned - as well as his own driving ability - took over. Sixth place, 5th, 4th. 3rd. Then 2nd, and with 5 laps to go he challenged for the lead but couldn't get it done. Finally with 3 laps to go, he made the pass for the lead and drove away with the victory.
The point is this. He could have panicked being down so far with the race almost over. He could have played it safe. He could have decided that a top 10 or top 5 finish was OK. But nothing less than the win would do - and he knew he was capable of it.
Patience, persistence, determination, perseverance, and confidence carried the day.
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