2013 could be called a comeback year for Jimmie Johnson in a way because it had been two years since his last Sprint Cup Series Championship. After winning five in a row, a historic feat at that, taking a two-year hiatus seemed like an eternity for No.48 fans.
Kicking off 2013 with a win in the Daytona 500, it was clear to see that the No.48 Lowe’s Chevrolet was going to be a force to be reckoned with in the new Gen6 car. Johnson would go on to collect five more race wins in 2013 including Martinsville, Pocono, Daytona’s July race plus Dover and Texas in the Chase.
Johnson’s top competition was Matt Kenseth and, in his first season driving the No.20, was tough competition right out of the gate. Battling all season long, it came down to the last race at Homestead-Miami before the winner was determined and a Champion was crowned.
Johnson had an average starting spot of 9.8 with four pole wins and an average finish just outside of the top-10. With wins coming at many different styles of tracks, Johnson is a contender wherever he goes. 2014 should be no different for the six-time champion and with Crew Chief Chad Knaus on top of the box once again, the two masterminds will be hard at work before the season officially kicks off.
Johnson will be a Championship contender in 2014 and if he can improve on what he did in 2013, he may just win Championship number 7. Which, haters beware, would put him right up there with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.