Following Jimmie Johnson’s return to the championship pedestal with his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, many race fans have to be wondering if they’re back to the ‘same old, same old’ of Johnson’s previous run of five straight titles.
While that’s a distinct possibility—Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus seem to be aging like a fine wine—the 2013 season showed many competitors in the cup series aren’t far from keeping Johnson from winning No. 7 in 2014. Plus, two of Johnson’s biggest preseason title challengers didn’t even get the chance to take him on in the Chase for the Sprint Cup after injuries sidelined them at various points.
The 2014 title is far from set in stone. Click to see the competitors who could prevent Johnson from going back-to-back in the championship department for the fifth time in his career.