by Tyler Rousey @ 10:09 AM
400 miles. 400 miles until one of the best drivers in a long time is once again on top of NASCAR. 400 miles until Jimmie Johnson is one title short of Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty. Johnson is going for his 6th Cup title in eight years. Six in eight years. Yep, you read that right. All he has to do is finish 23rd or better this Sunday at Homestead. That seems easy enough. Especially when his winning percentage in Chase races is 24.2%. That is double his regular season winning percentage. Pretty good right? When you talk to his fans they all say he's the best. Ever. He let someone else win these last two years. When you get right down to it, maybe he did. The 48 has all the best equipment he can get but so does the rest of the Hendrix Motorsports drivers. So does that mean the Johnson is just better? 63 career victories. 63. That's 8th best in NASCAR history. The best part, he has only been driving for 13 years. His career is still young. Not to mention that he is a perfectionist. He's a killer on the track. Its like he's a shark when it smells blood. He finishes. He's clutch. In short he's good. There is no question that he's going to win his 6th Cup Championship. No doubt. He made sure of this when he finished 3rd last Sunday. Not to mention in the first eight Cup races he finished sixth or better. The other finish? 13th. More than enough to conclude that yes he will finish 23rd or better. What does this mean for NASCAR? It means Johnson could be the best driver of all time before his career is finished. He's only 37 years old and after Sunday he'll be one title short of matching the record. Petty and Earnhardt got better when and after the turned 40. So it's safe to say the Johnson might as well. Also he decides to rattle off another 5 titles in a row he will own the championship record. Being great is measured by championships right? Yes. While he is not the best yet he's on his way. He is undoubtedly the best driver right now. While I like Dale Jr. he isn't even close to skill level of Jimmie Johnson. Yes I just said that. NASCAR and NASCAR fans should be on the edge of their seats. Johnson is becoming a legend in front of our eyes. That is rare. There is only one Jordan. No matter if you like Jimmie or not you may never see a driver be as dominate as Jimmie is now. NASCAR can and will be able to make even more money of JJ now more than ever. Once he wins Sunday next season is already set up. Can he tie the record. Boom. Tons of marketing money right there. Not to mention the fans may get to see one of the most dominate seasons ever. He won't stop either. If and when he ties he will continue to go and go. When he retires he will be the greatest ever if he keeps this up. Best driver. Best athlete. Most dominate. Call him whatever you want but I like Legend in the making. Or NASCAR's King. It's not even close.
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