Fort Worth, TX – Jimmie Johnson has been here before. People have questioned his chances but he’s still won championships, seven in total. The seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships are tied for the most of all-time with legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
Johnson, also has 83 career Cup victories and is likely going to go down as one of the best drivers ever.
With that being said, most aren’t picking him as a title contender this season despite being in the Round of 8. Johnson, has just four top five finishes all season and has led only a handful of laps since July. He’s not driving like a true title contender.
But, he’s just three points out of the final playoff spot that advances to the Championship 4 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and says that the talk of him not being a “true contender” this year is because of his past success.
“We’re a victim of our own success,” Johnson said on Friday at the Texas Motor Speedway. “We’re not done yet.”
Seven of Johnson’s 83 wins have come at Texas, including back in April. He’s won four of the last five Fall Texas races and knows that while the speed isn’t in his No. 48 Chevrolet this year, you still can’t count them out.
But, the reason he’s being questioned this year is because of his past success. He’s okay with that.