INDIANAPOLIS – Its no secret, the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season has been a big disappointment for Jimmie Johnson. The Hendrick Motorsports driver started the year off so great, in reaching victory lane twice in the first five races.
Unfortunately, it’s been all downhill ever since.
Johnson, enters this weekend’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the heels of six straight finishes outside the top 10. In fact, in half of those six finishes, he’s finished 30th or worse.
The six-time series champ also has just one top 10 in the last 10 races as that was a third place finish at Charlotte. Even worse, he only has two top 15’s in that same time frame. But, can he turn that around this weekend in Indy? The Brickyard 400 has either been feast or famine for the California native – He’s either strong, or he’s off. Johnson, has four career wins at Indy, as all four of those wins came in a seven year span.
In fact, throw in a second place finish in there, and five of his six top 10’s came from 2006-2013. His only other top 10 finish in 14 career Brickyard starts was a ninth place finish in his rookie year in 2002. Outside of that, it’s been full of mediocrity, as Jimmie is the prime example at Indy that “if you’re not first, you’re last.”
Johnson, has four finishes of 14th or worse in his last six Indy starts, so mix that with only having one top 10 in his last 10 starts on the season, and you can see why we have to ask the question if Jimmie can get back on track at Indy?
Right now, it appears he may not, but we’ve seen this before and he can come out and lead over half the race en route to a dominating win. Don’t count him out just yet.