Is Jimmie Johnson Bad For Nascar?

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent IAugust 27, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 26:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus, and the whole 48 group have been the team to beat for the last 3 season.  He is currently 2nd in points with 3 wins, 9 top fives, and 15 top tens.  He has led 1,235 laps this season making it 4th time in his 8 season cup career he has led a thousand laps or more.  But with his cardboard personality is it good for the spot?

It is no secret that Johnson is no Tony Stewart.  Stewart who i consider to be the most talented driver on the planet right now has a great personality.  Charming, charismatic, not scared to show anger and tell what is on his mind.  While Johnson acts as if Lowes groomed to to say everything right, and act the right way all the time.

Even though the last 4 races the 48 has stumbled and has only got 1 top ten and no top fives they look poised at a run for 4 in a row.  This is bad very bad.  Most fans are sick and tired of this.  Well the Non Johnson fans.  I ask you how many people you know that don't like Jimmie Johnson  enjoy the same thing happening year after year.

NASCAR needs drivers like Carl Edwards who looked like to be the favorite to win the 2009 cup and still very well could be ing 5th in points.  Or former champions like Tony Stewart with personality.  The same thing with Johnson gets old quite fast.

But it seems NASCAR loves Jimmie Johnson and why not?  He is the perfect example of a corporate america driver.  He says the right things, does the right things, has a pc personality.  NASCAR doens't like drivers with personalities or that have opinions.  Johnson doesn't have a personalities nor does he ever voice an opinion.

NASCAR at times makes it to clear on how they want the 48 to succeed.  Like at Pocono when they had to go under the good and went 3 laps down.  Magically we had 2 yellows fly for derbis that was never shown.

NASCAR fans only hope is that Stewart and a few other drivers and fend of the 48 this year in the chase and that maybe they keep having the issues they have been experiencing.