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Is There Really a Second-Place Curse?

One of the commentators after the final race in Homestead mentioned that Jimmie Johnson should be happy he finished in third because it allows him to avoid the “dreaded second-place curse”.
Anytime someone says something like that, it makes me wonder whether there really is a curse, or whether that person had just been talking to Carl Edwards. So I analyzed a little data and guess what… there really IS a second place curse.

Why was Michigan so hard on Motors?

The Hendrick engine shop had four failures at Michigan.  The 24 and the 14 reportedly both had valve spring failures.  The worst was the 48, whose engine went south while leading with only six laps remaining.  Jimmie Johnson drove the car up to the hauler and walked back to his…

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