With Jimmie Johnson, the five-time Sprint Cup champion is a walking favorite at any track. Even places he hasn’t won at yet. But with four races to go before the chase, while leading in the Spring Cup standings by 75 points, don’t expect Johnson to slow down anytime soon even though he has clinched a spot in the chase.
Great athletes like Johnson look for anything to give them motivation. The good news for Johnson in that regard is the fact that he has never won at Michigan International Speedway.
“There were probably half a dozen times at Michigan that I thought this is it, we’re going to win,” Johnson noted via freep.com. “But late in the race, something has always happened, from mechanical failures to running out of gas. So we have been all around it, and it’s going to happen, and it will be a sweet moment when we win.”
If there is anytime for Johnson to get a win at Michigan, now would probably be the best time. Johnson starts third at the track on Sunday, and with the 48 car locking up a spot in the chase, you can make the case that Johnson should be going for only a win. Not top five, not top 10, but a win. Having said all of that, Johnson seems comfortable with where he qualified.
“Of course we wanted to be a little bit better, but we had a very smooth and clean practice session made some good changes to the car and found speed as the session went on,” Johnson noted via espn.com. “Came close to getting another pole during qualifying, so all in all just really good.”
Johnson may be winless at the track, but looking at the swagger he has entering this race, you wouldn’t know it.