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Question of the Day
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - There was something different about Jimmie Johnson this year as he readied for yet another challenge to his reign of NASCAR.
The five-time defending champion had a clear understanding that his record-setting run couldn’t last forever. Eventually, somebody would figure out how to beat him, and if Johnson were a gambler, well, he probably wouldn’t like the odds of him holding off 11 other drivers for a sixth consecutive year.
That’s not to say he had any intention of rolling over for the competition. If Johnson is to be dethroned this year, he’s going to go down swinging.
Now, just two races into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, many believe 5-time is already on the ropes.
His 18th-place finish at New Hampshire on Sunday dropped Johnson to 10th in the 12-driver Chase field. It’s the lowest Johnson has ever been ranked in the 12-driver format, and he trails leader Tony Stewart by 29 points.
He knows he needs to be pretty close to perfect from here on out to hold onto his title.
“We need eight great ones from here,” Johnson said. “We can’t run 10th anymore. We need a bunch of Ws.’”
Only Johnson doesn’t seem to have a bunch of victories in him. He’s got only one this season, at Talladega in April, and that’s actually his only victory over the last year. Then there’s the tense radio chatter between Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus midway through Sunday’s race.
With the No. 48 Chevrolet not handling to Johnson’s liking, Knaus tried to keep the driver motivated and focused. Johnson didn’t want to hear it, told Knaus his cheerleading was “annoying” and essentially demanded the crew chief shut up and let him drive.
So, yeah, there’s some compelling evidence to the argument that Johnson is in deep trouble after only two weeks.
Do so, though, at your own risk because counting out Johnson is about the dumbest thing his rivals could possibly do right now.
Maybe it seems too long ago, but Johnson prepared for this Chase with seven top-10 finishes in nine races. During a five-race span over the last month, he finished second twice and fourth twice.
And maybe everybody forgets Round 1 of the Chase, when Johnson led 39 laps and had to back off racing for the win to conserve fuel. He was running third when he ran out of gas as he took the flag on the final lap, and he faded to a 10th-place finish.
As the celebration on Stewart’s first win of the season faded, the talk shifted to Johnson and the strong statement his Hendrick Motorsports team made at Chicago. “He ran out of gas and still finished 10th! If that’s his bad day, everybody else is in trouble.”
Now here we are, one poor run later, and suddenly the guy is finished?
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