MENCS: Jimmie Johnson Looking To Snap Winless Skid


One of the greatest drivers in recent history is off to the worst start in his 18-year career. Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Hendrick entry, doesn’t have a 2018 start in the top-ten this season, and only one top-ten finish, a ninth place finish at Fontana.

Currently 17th in the standings, Johnson is looking to turn the season around this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, a track he has dominated over the years. With seven MENCS wins, 15 top-five and 21 top-ten finishes at TMS, this is one of his best tracks on the circuit.

After an early exit in the season opener, the Daytona 500, Johnson has been on an uphill climb over the last five races. Trying to bounce back from his 38th finish at Daytona, Johnson has three top-15 finishes and has went from 36th in the points to 17th.

Currently in a 29-race winless streak which dates back to the Spring Dover race last season, Johnson has only one top-five finish, a third place finish, which came in the Fall Dover race. In addition, during that 29-race winless streak, Johnson has only five top-five finishes.

“I’m reminded every week of a streak that’s not the one you want to be reminded of,” Johnson said before the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in March. “But I’m not losing sleep over it. I know I’m going to win races. I know we’re going to compete for the championship. It’s just getting all of our stuff right.”

Johnson will look to Texas this weekend to snap that winless skid. He is the defending race winner and has won six of the last 11 MENCS races at the track.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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