History indicated Jimmie Johnson would post a quality finish in last Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Going into the race, Johnson claimed 14 top 10s in 16 starts at the track – a whopping 87.5 percentage.
History does not always repeat itself.
Johnson suffered a nightmare weekend, in which he started 32nd and finished 40th after he was forced into the garage following a hard wreck on Lap 84. The No. 48 Chevrolet driver now ranks 12th on the Chase Grid, 27 points below his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon on the cutoff line with two races left in the Contender Round.
Luckily for Johnson, the next race on the schedule is the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a track where he holds the all-time wins record with seven. He can automatically qualify for the Eliminator Round with a win at the 1.5-mile quad oval or shoot up on the Chase Grid with a high finish.
Johnson will also be going for the season sweep at the speedway known as “The Beast of the Southeast.” He won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in May and rode the momentum to two more victories in the next three races.
Although he hasn’t won since June at Michigan and had a rough day last week, Johnson cannot be counted out on Saturday. He leads all active drivers at Charlotte in average running position (7.5), driver rating (112.7) and fastest laps run (683).