QUESTIONS & ATTITUDE
Compelling questions... and maybe a few actual answers
Forget Junior, what about Jimmie?
Jimmie Johnson’s struggles for much of 2016 have largely taken place outside the spotlight’s glare. Two reasons for this: 1. He did win twice in the first five weeks (Atlanta and Fontana), which puts him two up on Junior in the W column. And 2. When you’re sailing in Junior’s orbit, you tend to get overshadowed in good times and bad.
Is this unprecedented for the No. 48?
Our Research Dept. shows that since a third-place finish at Richmond in late April, Jimmie has had one top-10 in nine starts. Three finishes of 32nd or worse in the past five races. We had to dig back to 10-race stretch in 2004, when he had six finishes of 32nd or worse.
So he stays in your weekly top-10 ranking down below?
It’s tempting to bump him, but there’s too much history. Our Research Dept. also tells us, after all, after that bad stretch in ’04, Jimmie won three straight and four of the next five. But give it a couple more weeks, and we may punt history to the wall.
Ken Willis has been covering NASCAR for The Daytona Beach News-Journal for 27 years. Reach him at ken. email@example.com
Jimmie Johnson is still searching for answers to recent woes.