Johnson's Quest: Jimmie Johnson Keeps His Drive For Five Alive

Amira ClineContributor IOctober 25, 2010

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 24:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 24, 2010 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
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We all know Jimmie Johnson is trying desperately to win his fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. He seems to have that well within his grasp with himself on top of the standing right now. He wants a championship, and many more do not want to see him get it.

Johnson had a good looking lead until the checkers flew at Martinsville on October 24. Denny Hamlin won the race and cut the lead to six points. With only three races left in the Chase, Johnson has to win at least one of them and lead laps to secure his win.

Johnson has 5,998 points right now, Hamlin has 5,992, and Kevin Harvick has 5,936. This has been the closest Chase we've seen in a while, and it can only get better. the main question is can Johnson keep the drive alive?

Talladega is next on the circuit, and Johnson's average finish is 17th compared to Hamlin's 19th. That would give Johnson another tiny lead in the points if that happens, but as we all know, NASCAR is never predictable.

Some fans are not very fond of Johnson and do not want to see him holding the Cup at the end of the season. Then you have the Johnson fans who want to see just that. When it comes right down to it, the Chase is about the driver with the most determination and will to win.

The Chase is coming to a close, but the action is still in full force. We all know how much Dega can change the standings, and we can not wait for the action, nor can we wait for the presentation of the NASCAR Sprint Cup.