#1 Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson has been on a bit of a downward spiral lately.
Not only is that evident by longtime sponsor, Lowes Home Improvement announcing that they wouldn’t be renewing their contract with The #48 team, but also by how early Johnson fell out of the playoff’s this season. Beyond that, Johnson has failed to win a race in over a year and now will even be separated from longtime crew chief, Chad Knaus, at the end of the season.
With all that in mind and veterans dropping out of the sport left and right, it really makes sense for Johnson’s ride to be up for grabs. Think about it! If Johnson was still performing at his optimum level, it wouldn’t even be a question of whether he should stay with the company or not, but its becoming obvious that he offers very little at this point in his career.
In the end, Johnson only stands with two top-fives and ten top-tens this season, which is about the same as he did last season, but a huge departure from his eleven top-fives and 16 top fives that he captured in 2016. He also won five races that season, including three wins the in the playoffs.
If nothing else, he is starting to go on a downward spiral performance wise and really needs to be replaced by another veteran with a better record or a young gun that can take the ride and do new things with it.