Superman prevails, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg

Jimmie Johnson won the superhero battle Sunday.
Jimmie Johnson won the superhero battle Sunday.
Jimmie Johnson won the superhero battle Sunday.

The much hyped battle of the superhero’s didn’t quite pan out Sunday during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Jimmie Johnson, assuming the role of Superman, was able to overcome the Kryptonite being wielded by Kevin Harvick and score his 77th career win  and proving that he may well indeed be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, or at least leap one Kevin Harvick in a single lap.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the role of Batman, didn’t fare as well. What might have been an epic battle on the track between he and Johnson, aka Superman, would have been a marketers, (or in this case Warner Brothers) dream. However, the two were never really close; which had to give the marketing folks at the WB fits, despite the fact that every trailer they have released for the Superman vs. Batman movie has already shown us what will happen in the actual movie.

The only driver Earnhardt was close with Sunday was Kurt Busch; in fact too close at one point.


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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.