When the cover hit, Johnson was coming off a win at Kansas and appeared poised for a run at title No. 6.
Then came the cover, and shortly afterward came the wall. Johnson wrecked at Charlotte and plummeted in the standings, severely damaging his chances for a Cup run.
Coincidence? I think not!
Anyway, on Friday Johnson scoffed at the idea of a jinx. "Because I was on the cover of that magazine it didn't make me crash," he said. "I was in a situation racing hard for a position and had one car close behind me and one tight on my outside turn the car around. So the magazine didn't create the aerodynamics situation that took place when I crashed ... I was in the car, so I'm responsible for what took place on Saturday night, not a magazine cover."
Jimmie, Jimmie, Jimmie. You know better than to scoff at the SI jinx. Just because you don't believe in it doesn't mean it doesn't believe in you.
- Jimmie Johnson