Jimmie Johnson’s Crew Chief Admits Sprint Cup Title Seemed Unrealistic

Jimmie Johnson has stamped his name into the NASCAR history books with his dramatic 7th Sprint Cup title, matching the greats Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty – who both had more charisma away from the circuit according to the majority of the NASCAR following.

Whilst not personally dramatic, Johnson’s race evolved into something spectacular – He only led for three laps of the Ford Ecoboost 400 Homestead-Miami and at one point, sailed past half of the entire field in 8-laps. His journey to the Chase field this year wasn’t the smoothest, with a  winless drought of 26-races before October’s victory in Charlotte, Johnson’s Crew Chief Chad Knaus said,

“It wasn’t looking good. I still don’t think that we necessarily had the speed that we need week in and week out. We’ve got some work to do to continue to be able to compete. The one thing that we have in our corner is we have Jimmie Johnson. He is the one that makes things happen when we don’t necessarily have the race cars.”

– Chad Knaus

Belief from the man himself was minimal mid-season, which surely makes the Title even sweeter. He said, quite simply and quite bluntly,

“This summer, no chance.”

– Jimmie Johnson

Despite the extremely dramatic turnaround, his fan base mimicked his own minimalist reaction with incredible insight such as:

“It was good.”

– Fictional Jimmie Johnson Fan 1

and barnstorming reactions such as:

“Yeah… Awesome.”

– Fictional Jimmie Johnson fan 2

and who could forget the memorable:

“He did well.”

– Fictional Jimmie Johnson fan 3

zzzzz

He leaves it all on the track it would seem, but Jimmie Johnson has, with or without the required character, fallen into the NASCAR hall of fame with a very memorable triumph.

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 and the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. Johnson wins a record-tying 7th NASCAR title. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 20: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 and the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. Johnson wins a record-tying 7th NASCAR title. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)