After a terrible stretch over the last month where Jimmie Johnson didn’t finish higher than 28th place in four races, Johnson found his clutch gene with a fifth-place finish in Chicago.
A lot of people, including myself, speculated on whether or not Johnson had enough to turn his season around, as it isn’t easy to just turn on the switch and keep rolling. Well, Johnson proved a lot of people wrong, and is looking sharp with an eye on obtaining his sixth Sprint Cup championship.
Johnson is currently third in the Sprint Cup standings as he is 11 points back of leader Matt Kenseth. But, there is confidence within the no. 48 team that they will turn things around for good.
Johnson rolled into Chicago last week with a top-five finish, and he rolls into New Hampshire seeking his fourth win at the track, and his first since 2010. I know many still have Johnson as the favorite to win it all this year, but I’m not going to completely write off his bad performances in August.
Since winning his last championship in 2010, Johnson has still looked dominant, but has also looked human at times, especially with his pit crew being inconsistent over the last couple of years. But at the end of the day, the no. 48 team is never a team to be taken lightly.