Heading into 2010 Jimmie Johnson has a chance at a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Win five Sprint Cup championships in a row.
And who is to say he won't. He has won the championship every year since 2006.
But I see that people are already saying that he will tie Earnhardt and Petty's record of seven in a row and might even surpass that record.
Who is to say he won't do all time. The 48 team might be the greatest team to race in NASCAR since the 3 car.
But who is to say that Johnson's fourth championship will not be his last?
After Jeff Gordon won his 4th championship in 2001 people were saying he was for sure on the path to tie Earnhardt and Petty's record of seven championships.
But since then Gordon has been close twice but nevertheless hasn't won a championship since as his years as a driver are fading away.
A driver once thought as the driver could and would win seven championships is stuck at four and has been on a drive for five for 8 seasons.
Johnson is a good driver in my opinon not the best, not even top five talent wise but top ten, his crew chief Chad Knuas is the best crew chief in the business right now and is perhaps the best crew chief to race in NASCAR.
The team has never finished lower than 5th in points since their rookie year in 2002. There points finishes have looked like this:5th, 2nd, 2nd, 5th, 1st, 1st, 1st 1st. The team has also never scored less than 3 wins a season.
Amazing I know. But that is subject to change.
Johnson will have his fair share of bottom of the top ten in points finishes. He will have his seasons where he will win just one race. He will have seasons where the media is going to say "what is going on with Jimmie Johnson and that 48 team?"
Why you ask. Look at the young drivers that wiull be champions. Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch are the three most likely new champions to come in our sport. Either one of these three could win multiple championshops and who knows maybe all three will.
It is a cyle. Richard Petty went through it, Dale Earnhardt did, Jeff Gordon has finished 11th and 14th in points, has had two winless seasons and last season won just one race, Tony Stewart has finished 11th and 9th in points and in 2008 won just one race.
Johnson is more than due.
I know it looks and feel that this team is unstoppable and unbeatable. But we all must remember that there is no such thing like that in NASCAR.
With teams like Stewart Haas and Penske on the rise, younger talent getting into their own, teams working harder than ever, you are not going to stay on top forever.
And who is to say that Johnson is the favorite for the 2010 season championship? Wasn't that Edwards in 2009? We saw how well that worked out.
I will not say that Johnson will not win anymore championships. He could win ten the way the chase is setup.
But I do believe that his fourth could be his last.