While Jimmie Johnson was once the most dominant driver in The Cup Series, he has now been left in the dust by Cup series competitors. In fact, Jimmie Johnson seems to be experiencing the same dry spell that ended the careers of Dale Jr, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, and several others.
Another problem for Johnson is the fact that Lowe’s Home Improvement stepped away as Johnson’s main sponsor, which means that the team now has to hit the negotiating table in order to find a new long term partner. Even if Johnson is successful in doing that, his current string of poor finishes and failure to get that eighth championship isn’t going to hold interest for long.
With that being said and the monumental comebacks that Johnson has managed to mount over the course of his career, it is my opinion that he will win a race and later dominate throughout the playoffs. Not only is that evident by the championship caliber crew chief Johnson has behind him, but also due to a driver not necessarily needing a dominant performance to win a title.
Think back to 2016 and Johnson was only able to win the title after a huge wreck between Joey Logano and Carl Edwards took both drivers out of competition. Johnson then took advantage of pit strategy, ended up out front of the field on the final restart and ran away from the field to win his seventh title.
In the end, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Johnson could easily do this again.