Every NASCAR driver races as hard as possible each week, but, their fortunes aren’t in their own hands, they are in the hands of each other.
These could be, and probably are, the best race car drivers on the face of the Earth. However, after giving it their all for over three hours, they tend to get tired. That may just be what happened for five time Sprint Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson.
Jimmie Johnson has had an up and down year, similar to last season.
His highs include winning races at Darlington, Dover, and Indianapolis. But, the low’s have plagued him deeply over the season.
The lows for a five time champion are much different from that of another championship contender such as Clint Bowyer who is in his first year with a new team.
Johnson’s lows include a 42nd place finish in the Daytona 500, a 35th place finish in the Aarron’s 499, a 36th place finish in the Coke Zero 400, and a 34th place finish in the AdvoCare 500.
But, for a driver such as Jimmie Johnson, it’s hard to believe he would come short of winning a race after dominating the majority of the event.
That happened at Chicagoland. It wasn’t the first and surely, it wasn’t the last.
Johnson’s series of heartbreaks have been occurring throughout the entire season and it surprises mostly everyone.
After leading over 100 laps at Martinsville, Texas, and now Chicagoland, Johnson failed to win each of those races. If he would have won at least one of those three events, logically, he could have the points lead right now even after Brad Keselowski won the race in which Johnson led 172 of the race’s 267 laps.
Johnson is now second in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series standings, just three markers behind Keselowski.
He is still the favorite to win the championship, like usual. After all, who would bet against a five time champion, I know I wouldn’t.