Jimmie Johnson is in first place in the Sprint Cup standings and is in very good shape to be win the Sprint Cup championship for the sixth time. If that is the case, all six of Johnson’s championships have one thing in common: Zero wins at Michigan International Speedway. Johnson finished 40th on Sunday with engine failure with a backup car which he had to use since he crashed his first car in practice last Saturday. Johnson was 146 laps down but is still 41 points ahead of second place Clint Bowyer in the standings.
“Coming down the back straightaway, I felt it drop a couple cylinders (in the engine) and I knew we were in trouble,” Johnson noted via USA Today.com. “… It’d be nice to salvage something and get back out on the track, but the engine didn’t live long enough.”
The good news for Johnson is he has clinched a spot in the chase due to his finish at Watkins Glen, and the 48 team can gamble for wins. But they can’t gamble too much since they relinquished 34 points from their dominant lead in the standings after Michigan. Johnson doesn’t like his luck at Michigan, but he understands that it is part of racing, so he can only go forward and gain back some momentum entering the chase as he addressed via USA Today.com.
“It happens, and I hope to get all this stuff out of the way now, although I hate losing momentum going into the Chase. It’s nice to roll in there hot, and I think we had a chance to win today. We will dust ourselves off and go again next week.”