Jimmie Johnson on missing the NASCAR playoffs: "25 bad races lead to this"
It's safe to say that Jimmie Johnson is pissed. Not just at the situation, but his entire season. And all of last season while we're at it.
Johnson hasn't won a race since June of 2017 (Dover), and for one of the all time best, that has to be frustrating. This past weekend at Indianapolis his chances were slim to make the playoffs, but those efforts were dashed to bits when he spun at turn 2 and went straight into the wall, ending his race.
After, Johnson showed his frustration.
He said: "It's really disappointing. Unfortunately, we had a bad 25 races that led to the position we were in here. We needed a stellar day and I think we were having a strong day. The #1 car had a little trouble on the restart. I'm on the inside going into the corner, and it was just super tight so unfortunately, that happened."
looking at the clip from NASCAR, you can see the disappointment on his face.
But to his point, his season hasn't been good. Almost always outside looking in, having it come down to the final race to make the playoffs is not the best position to put yourself in. Johnson clearly still has pace, but bad luck and bad mistakes all year cost him dearly.
It will be interesting to see if he bounces back next season. Johnson not only has been incredibly consistent throughout his career, but he's also one of the best at bouncing back. Winless streak aside, he can score points anytime he's out there. I'm willing to be that next season he'll be back on form.
The remainder of the season, however, is shaping up to be extremely exciting. Onward to the playoffs!