Martin Truex Jr. first since 2009 to win Cup race by at least 10 seconds

Martin Truex Jr. has 16 career Cup series victories following his win Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

The 2018 NASCAR Cup series season is starting to feel a lot like it did in 2017, with Martin Truex Jr. returning to Victory Lane for the 16th time in his career. Strangely, he's the only driver with exactly 16 career Cup wins.

And if you like stats like that, you'll love the fact that throughout the season, we'll check in on some other statistical happenings in NASCAR. Here's a look at the Cup series through five races:

Truex won by a lot

We're used to seeing some butt-kickings courtesy of Truex over the past two seasons. What we're not used to is quite the level that he ran away from the field on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Namely, a 11.685-second margin of victory.

Since 2000, this is just the fifth time a driver has won a race by a margin of at least 10 seconds. The last came in November 2009, when Kurt Busch stretched his fuel to win at Texas, when other cars either ran out of fuel or pitted. So, it's not quite the same.

The other three races since 2000 to be decided by at least 10 seconds were the 2008 600-mile race at Charlotte (won by Kasey Kahne by 10.2 seconds), the playoff race at Kansas in 2006 (won by Tony Stewart by 12.4 seconds) and, strangely, the 2004 California race (won by Jeff Gordon by 12.9 seconds).

Johnson starting to turn things around

It's a weird world when we're excited for a ninth-place finish by Jimmie Johnson. But it moved him from 25th to 18th in points and was a positive turn for the No. 48 as the Cup series goes racing at one of Johnson's best tracks next week in Martinsville, Virginia.

Before Sunday, Johnson had gone 10 straight races without a top-10 finish, dating back to October 2017 at Charlotte (a seventh-place finish).

Before that streak, Johnson had never gone more than six straight races without a top-10. He had a six-race drought last season, in mid-2016 and late in the 2006 season. Johnson, of course, won the championship in 2006.

Of course, Johnson is still on a career high 28-race winless streak and his 12 straight races without a top-5 finish is the second-longest of his career.

Can every track be a 2-mile oval for Larson?

Not meaning to put words in Kyle Larson's mouth, but he must wish he could go racing on 2-mile tracks every week.

He finished second -- albeit a distant second -- behind Truex on Sunday, after winning the previous four races on 2-mile tracks, California and Michigan.

Overall, Larson has finished in the top three in seven of his 13 career starts on 2-mile tracks, a podium percentage of 53.8 percent. On all other track types, Larson has 22 top-three finishes in 139 races, or a 15.8 podium percentage.

Since the start of last season, Larson has 13 top-two finishes, more than any other driver. In fact, that's four more than Hendrick Motorsports has had as an organization in that time.