For awhile this year, it seemed that Cup No. 6 was an inevitability for Jimmie Johnson. After all, this guy was the Golden Boy of the Chase, the driver who could win in reverse at any of the Chase tracks. Who could outrun him? Who could defeat him?
As it turned out, the only driver that could reliably defeat Jimmie Johnson was ... Jimmie Johnson.
Problems throughout the Chase killed his chances, and as Johnson noted in an interview with Scene Daily, the self-inflicted wounds hurt that much more. "I said all along, if we lose the championship because we get beat, that's one thing," Johnson told Scene. "If we beat ourselves, that's another. I feel that we beat ourselves this year. That's something I have to really look hard into myself and [crew chief] Chad [Knaus] and the team and make sure we don't do that again in the future."
The three primary issues were a collision with Kyle Busch in New Hampshire, a solo wreck in Charlotte, and a shuffle to the rear at Talladega. Combined, thoseRead More »from Jimmie Johnson: Nobody to blame but myself for not winning