"It's really the competition, not only on the track but in pit road right now,'' Johnson said this week. "And it really comes down to pit strategy. There's so many ways to lose a race today or, I guess you could look it and say, there are so many ways to win a race.
"But I've seen a lot of mistakes and that's something I notice postrace. The dominant car rarely wins. There's some kind of mistake that keeps the dominant car from winning. It's just ultra-competitive in every aspect right now.''
And how can that not be good for a sport whose fans tend to have short memories and high expectations?
"I've learned people are going to complain when you're doing good, when you're doing bad, if Jimmie's winning all the time or not winning all the time,'' joked Harvick.
"You just have to roll with it.''