Jimmie Johnson won't win the Chase.
There. I typed it. When I read (thanks to Jay W. Pennell) that Mark Martin
has gained 109 points on Jimmie Johnson
nine times in his career I thought, "There has to be a way for Martin to do that on Sunday at Homestead." For everyone rooting for Martin, here is a list of those ways:
The relatively new surface at Homestead cut or blistered several tires in last year’s race. Jimmie Johnson the driver might not screw things up. Jimmie Johnson’s crew might not screw things up. But can you trust Goodyear? And just to make Akron even angrier, LeBron is going to the Knicks.
Mark Martin is like my cool uncle
You would be hard-pressed to find a more likeable guy on the circuit, even if he's not afraid to get thuggish on your candy ass. All I’m saying is that Martin will get the benefit of the doubt from his peers. And while that might not be enough to make up 109 points...
There are some messed up things that could happen Sunday
If you haven’t heard, Brad Keselowksi and Denny Hamlin
hate each other with a “Days of Thunder” kind of intensity that happens before two enemy drivers ultimately bond over their mutual love of horsepower, but that’s a whole other rant for another column in 2010, when Keselowski marries Nicole Kidman and gets involved with scientology. Now that I’m back from Tangentville, even though NASCAR has warned both drivers to cool it, the heat of the moment could lead to all sorts of tomfoolery.
Several teams are also using new engines, race schemes and other packages Sunday. For some, it’s like a practice race. And with young/green/stinky drivers struggling to stay on the track, imagine what we might see on Sunday. Remember, Jimmie Johnson didn’t crash
on his own. David Reutimann got into Sam Hornish Jr. who couldn’t hold on, and he hit Johnson. I’m not saying it will happen. But I believe the risk factor is greater here than it would be on tracks like Chicago or Kansas.
Karma can bite you in the @#$
If Jimmie Johnson wins four consecutive Sprint Cup titles, he is without doubt one of the greatest drivers to ever strap on a helmet. Yet there are some who argue Jimmie Johnson does not belong among the elite. If those folks are right, karma won’t allow history to be made.
Jimmie Johnson won’t win the Sprint Cup. There. I typed it. Again. An unlikely reality? Probably. But a man needs hope.
It's a long shot, but Martin can still win the championship