Can Jimmie Johnson Turn Struggles Around This Weekend at Darlington

The playoffs are coming and Jimmie Johnson is hoping he can get his season back on track in order to have a shot a winning a record setting eighth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. He already knows he will be a part of the playoffs, his three wins have clinched a spot for that. But, if he continues running the way he has been, his playoff stay will be short lived.

Johnson, hasn’t had a top five in 12 races. Heck, he has just three top fives all year, all wins. He too has only seven top 10’s all season.

His last seven finishes?

40th, 10th, 27th, 35th, 29th, 19th and now 11th.

But, can he get going good again this weekend at Darlington.

The Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN) has always been good to the No. 48 Chevrolet team. Johnson, has 10 top 10 finishes, nine of which resulting in the top four over his last 13 starts at Darlington.

So, which one occurs on Sunday evening?

Will Johnson’s recent downward trend continue or will past Darlington success shine?

He wants to turn that bad luck around and also get into the top 10 of the points standings to get more playoff points. Currently, Johnson is 11th, 14 points behind Clint Bowyer for 10th.

Only the top 10 get playoff points at the end of the regular season. Johnson has to do much better starting this weekend if he wants more.

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