After Sunday’s race at Phoenix, Jimmie Johnson heads to the final race of the season with a 28-point lead over second place Matt Kenseth.
Since Chicago, Johnson has been on a steady climb to the top of the standings and after taking the points lead at Talladega, he has been virtually unstoppable. Yes, Matt Kenseth has been right there on his heals but Johnson has been just as competitive and more importantly, consistent.
Today’s race all but sealed the Championship for Jimmie Johnson. After Kenseth’s disappointing finish, it’s Johnson’s title to lose. Here is how close Johnson is to clinching the title, regardless of any other driver’s finish, Johnson will clinch his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with:
- a finish of 23rd or better and no laps led
- a finish of 24th or better and at least one lap led
- a finish of 25th or better and the most laps led
So, to put it bluntly, Jimmie Johnson will have to wreck to lose this title. Not an impossible feat but with a team as strong as the No.48, Kenseth will need some luck on his side.