Jimmie Johnson was back to his winning ways in 2013 and was holding the Championship trophy once again after a two year hiatus. The big question leading into 2014 is, can he do it again?
Johnson recorded six season wins plus a victory in the Sprint All-Star Race in 2013 and, taking into consideration the handful of races mid-season that didn’t go his way, he could have had a few more. In the end, Johnson finished 19 points ahead of Matt Kenseth to claim his sixth title.
Why is Johnson so good? One name: Chad Knaus. Johnson and Crew Chief Chad Knaus are the big masterminds in the Sprint Cup Series garage and it is hard to find another pair that come close. Knaus has been on top of Johnson’s pit box since his Rookie year in the Cup series and even after some “marriage counseling a few years back,” the two are stronger than ever.
With his sixth title firmly in hand, can Johnson and Knaus do what only two other drivers have done before them? Can they reach the glorified number seven?
And they can do it in 2014.
Johnson said in an interview early in 2013 that his ultimate goal is to win eight Championships. Winning eight would put him past Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt and into the record books once again. With Johnson and Knaus together and a seemingly flawless pit crew, the No48 Lowe’s Chevrolet will be the ones to watch in 2014.
The only driver to qualify for all ten of the Chase seasons, Johnson is always a factor for the Championship. With a handful of drivers/team changes within the series for 2014, there may be a few surprises in store for Johnson out on the track, but don’t ever count him out.
He will be up front before you know it.