#1 Jimmie Johnson
From a 7th championship that tied him with the likes of Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, to a winless streak spanning over 36 races, it should be obvious that Jimmie Johnson has been the most disappointing driver to watch this season. Not only has he failed to be competitive on multiple occasions, he also only has 6 top ten’s right now and currently sits 12th in points.
If nothing else, this is a huge departure from Johnson’s championship winning ways in the past and is indicative of either a serious struggle with Chevrolet’s new model or a sign that Johnson is losing his touch. Another thing that points to the ladder being the fact is that several other drivers have faced a downswing in performance right before retiring.
In fact, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards all had spiraling performances before the eventually retired in their respective years. Who knows? Maybe Johnson will be different and will some how thrive at Hendrick Motorsports once Chevrolet finds a way to be more competitive, but if not, its definitely a sign that its time for Johnson to retire.