Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’ve heard it all before. You’re sick of Jimmie Johnson winning all the time in Sprint Cup. In this age of spec racing, an excess of parity in the NFL and an overemphasis on playing fair in every walk of life, such domination is uncharacteristic of our culture.
Johnson now has five consecutive titles where no other driver has more than three in a row. But can he win a sixth? We saw some very human flaws in Team 48 towards the end of last year’s Chase—or, perhaps, we saw a team challenge itself to come back from a deficit for once instead of beating everybody outright the easier way.
Either way, folks are thinking, hoping and praying that this year might be their year, or at least not Jimmie Johnson’s. But Johnson is the undisputed top dog and the favorite, and will remain so until he proves to be otherwise. In the meantime, it’s business as usual in the Hendrick Motorsports shop.
So what will it take for the best driver of the Chase era to score his sixth Sprint Cup title? Read on...