Have you ever watched a Horror Movie where the bad guy is dead and in the grave, but as the hero and girl are starting to walk away, the hand comes out of the grave and grabs the girl by the ankle? In the Nascar version of this movie, that hand belongs to the driver of the #48 Lowes Chevrolet, but unlike the movies, this guy with the hand has won the final fight scene, five times in the last six years.
I’m sure all Sprint Cup Teams were sure JJ was in that grave after losing 25 points in the infamous C-Post problem and a first lap crash at Daytona, but here came the hand. Team owner Rick Hendrick led an assault on the validity of the charge, and after two hearings on the subject won his arbitration case and restored his drivers points. I think this “ticked off” the hand, providing incentive for what we are seeing.
If you think the Nascar schedule is heading into tracks where “Ole Five Time” doesn’t win races, better think again. Starting Sunday Night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Coca Cola 600, Jimmie Johnson has 6 Wins in 21 starts. A review of those 21 starts, reveal that he has only finished out of the top 10, three times. He flexed his muscle Saturday Night by winning the Sprint All Star race at Charlotte.
Maybe the field can get him at Dover. Wrong again, 6 Wins, and 2 Wins at Pocono. Michigan is the best place to ambush him, as this is one of only four venues where he has never won. Jimmie has one win on the road courses, that coming at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma California.
Jimmie Johnson is currently tied with Martin Truex Jr. at 5th in the points standings, 39 points behind leader Greg Biffle. He has four top 10 finishes in his last 5 races, including a win at Darlington. With the exception of an engine problem at Talladega and a first lap crash at Daytona, JJ has not finished out of the top 15 all year. I’m guessing the other teams would have liked to see that 25 point penalty from Daytona stand.
With all of his talent, the best crew chief, pit crew and team owner in Nascar, I can’t see anything standing in his way of his quest for a sixth Sprint Cup Title. The only driver with a Cup Championship ahead of him at this time is Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth. Kenseth’s title came before the Chase format and Car of Tomorrow.
We all know, and have been wittnes to what Jimmie Johnson can do once the Race For The Chase begins after the field is set at the fall race in Richmond. He’s already on a roll and I know I won’t be counting him out. Then we’ll have to change his name to “Ole Six Time”.
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