Well, another season of NASCAR gone… and yet another Championship win for Jimmy Johnson. That makes it five years in a row.
Now, I don’t dislike Jimmy… in fact, for many years he was one of my favorite drivers. However, for the past three years now, the novelty of having Johnson constantly beat everybody else to the finish line has just worn off. I don’t begrudge a team it’s obvious skill in putting it’s driver in place to win championships, but I have to admit that, as a guy I used to race with at Late Night Racing said once:
Watching a race for 2nd place isn’t any fun.
At least this season there was a close finish, and it ran down until the final laps so it wasn’t until with 10 to go that we knew who was most likely going to win the championship, but none-the-less. With Hamlin, he lost the championship himself early on when he got into Biffle and screwed up the front end of his car. And with Harvick – well, my own personal opinion is that NASCAR screwed him over with that pit road speeding penalty. Even without it, it wasn’t likely he’d win the championship anyway – but he had a lot better of a chance before the penalty.
In any event, here’s to looking forward to next season, and the hopes that someone can unseat Johnson for once.