Jimmie Johnson: Is He Still the Favorite to Win the Sprint Cup Championship?
The Sprint Cup Series season is now eight races old, and one question is still at the top of everyone's list of wonders. Can Jimmie Johnson win his sixth straight championship? The obvious answer is, of course he can, but the real question is, will he?
Last season, Johnson's fifth championship campaign, saw him trailing in the points standings heading into the season finale at Homestead. That was the first time that had happened in his five year tenure. Many people thought that after last year, the No. 48 team showed some chinks in the armor, and that 2011 would finally be the year that they were going to be dethroned.
Eight races in, Johnson currently sits second in the standings. He is one of seven drivers to have scored a win this season, and he is currently in a four way tie for the series lead with four top-5 finishes.
He currently trails only Kyle Busch for the series lead in laps led, with 285 circuits out front. And he is one of five drivers that has seven lead lap finishes through the first eight races.
While this year appears to be the most balanced that the series has been in a while, the numbers don't lie. Until someone clearly emerges as a real threat, Johnson must definitely still be considered the odds on favorite.
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