Seeing your car's engine blow up while leading with five laps to go in a crucial race isn't exactly an encouraging moment in the course of a potential championship season. Declining to talk to the media out of frustration also seems like a concession of defeat, at least for that weekend.
In other words, things don't look as good for Jimmie Johnson as they could.
That's not a problem, though, for the most successful driver in Chase for the Sprint Cup history. In fact, it should only be a blip on the radar; a stroke of bad luck on a weekend where almost every Hendrick Motorsports-powered car had engine trouble.
There are plenty of other opportunities to get it right—something that Johnson's team has done more often than not this season and in Chase seasons past. Here are five reasons why they should remain the favorite in this year's Chase.