Sunday, November 1, 2009
"The Game" Jimmie Johnson
I don't like NASCAR "The Chase" format. It's screwy and it benefit a few drivers. One driver that benefited from The Chase is Jimmie Johnson. There's no driver that brought his "A" game during Chase races better than Johnson. He's one of few drivers that been to The Chase every year since its inception in 2004. He won 17 Chase races along with 42 top-10 finishes so far. In fact he won three straight championship and is on his way to number four this year. He methodically race his way for a win or to a points finish during The Chase. His crew chief Chad Knauss strategically have Johnson hold back only to hope for misfortunes in front of him and race with final laps/miles to go. It paid off as cars wrecked in front of him along with cars running out of fuel. With that in happening in front of him he netted himself a 6th place finish. Not bad for a driver who decide to be around 30th position with 50 to go. The fans have grown to dislike Johnson for being a winner similar to the days of Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon. Some believe he is just a poster boy on how "The Chase" works for a driver. It's likely the fans are jealous he's outperforming when needed. This is why to me Jimmie Johnson is "The Game" of NASCAR.