Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team were found in violation of rule 4-8-48 which states,
“Any driver who exceeds the expectations of his nay-sayers, by winning three out of the first five chase races.
And along the way having his share of problems on pit road, but because of a crew chief who knows how to keep his driver calm along with a driver, who never gives up while overcoming the odds to put them in the points lead.
These nay-sayers also made it known that the No. 48 team had no momentum going into the chase, and because of such reasoning believed that they had no legitimate chance at winning championship number four.
Any team that goes beyond the call of duty, and is deemed unprofessional by such fans will be crucified by them, and not by NASCAR.”
Johnson, who won his third chase race of the season and 17th overall to go along with his second pole of the Chase, and once again receiving maximum points for the race was found in violation of not living up to his nay-sayers expectations.
Those expectations were completely opposite of his fans who have stood next to their driver, even when his season showed many signs of weakness.
Unlike those who chose to say that No. 48 team was out of sync, along with having no momentum, along with all the other excuses that they could think of just to satisfy their own desires, when in all actuality they were probably plain and simple in denial.
How can anyone count out a three time champion who has never finished below the top five since coming into the sport, especially when his crew chief has made it clear on many occasions that he uses the previous 26 races to prepare for the chase?
And what makes it even more ironic is that these same nay-sayers who try as they must, are always trying to relive the past and give it another breath when technically it is old news that needs to be kept that way.
You can’t bring a dead horse back to life, but some have chosen to base their arguments off of a series of events that have no significance especially when NASCAR is not going to change something that is already done.
I have read everything from IF the chase wasn’t here that he would only have one championship, to they are still cheating but NASCAR chooses to let it go, all the way to the No. 48 team is making a mockery of the series.
And the real kicker is when I read that Chad Knaus has found a way to win, but chooses not to share that information with anyone else.
Well when you look at the above list of so-called things that are supposedly so wrong, how many of them are violations that are found in NASCAR’s rule book?
Is it fair to penalize a team who has found a way to win, and at the same time is doing what many other teams are also striving for?
And if you could penalize them, where would you start? Especially when everything they are doing is within the rules that NASCAR has set forth.
Every team was given the same chance by NASCAR to excel, and to reach for the stars in a way which they feel would most benefit the team as long as they don’t break any rules.
So to say that Johnson and company are at fault is absolutely ludicrous, especially when all they are doing is winning races and championships.
Isn’t that what NASCAR racing is all about? In this sport along with any sport, there can only be one winning team, and as is life it can’t always be our favorite.
Unless of course Johnson happens to be your driver of choice, than you have every right to relish in his success.
Just like we can’t change what has happened in the past, the same holds true for the future and that lies in the hands of how the team chooses to approach the season.
So far to date, Johnson has not done anything that is beyond what NASCAR has expected from any of the teams that choose to race in the series.
Johnson’s car will once again make its way to the tech center in N.C. for the fifth time during the chase, and once it gets back it will be ready to race once again.
And again the nay-sayers will voice their opinions that there is something wrong, when in all actuality maybe the fault lies within themselves?