Jimmie Johnson’s statistics to open the 2014 season suggest he has won multiple races, is crushing everyone else in points, and maybe set a record for the earliest Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup clinch in the history of the playoff system.
Factually, of course, none of that is true. He’s winless, fifth in points and far from a Chase berth.
You have to expect Johnson’s luck to shift. Check out the numbers. He leads the series in driver rating (115.6), average running position (8.7), laps led (493), fastest laps run (200) and is tied for the lead in top-five finishes with four. He has led more than 100 laps in each of the last two races (including 296 laps at Martinsville).
So, presumably, those types of numbers will lead to a victory sooner than later. Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway might be the time and place. In three of the last four races, Johnson has tallied triple-digit laps led figures – and has finished in the top six in each of the last four races (two of those were wins).
Johnson has an average finish of 8.7 at Texas, second only to Matt Kenseth’s 8.3.