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MENCS: Can Dover Get Jimmie Johnson Back on Track?

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Jimmie Johnson seems to be only person who is able to tame Miles the Monster. In 32 career starts at the one-mile track in Delaware, Johnson leads all drivers with 11 wins, an impressive 34.4% winning percentage, 17 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes.

Johnson, who also has seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships, is undoubtedly one of the best drivers of all time. However, 2018 hasnít been kind to the 18-year veteran.

After announcing that his sponsor, Lowe’s, will stopping their sponsorship in NASCAR at the end of the season, driver No. 48 has seemed to be off a little bit on track.

Johnson has won a race in all but one year of his career, the first year when he raced only three times that season. However, after that, he has visited victory lane at least once every year since. In 2007, he won an impressive 10 races in route to his second MENCS title. Johnson hasnít won a race this season, or even worse, he has yet to lead a lap. Thatís a far cry from his 83 career wins.

In the 10 races so far in 2018, Johnson has only 1 top-five and 3 top-ten finishes. All three of his top-ten finishes have come in the last six races.

ďI can relax a little bit more coming to this race track. With it being my best track and the love I have for this place, Iím always excited to come, but trying to get the No. 48 car back into Victory Lane, I can take a little pressure of myself here knowing that the rhythm-style and the way you drive this track and the set-up for the car.

Johnson will start Sundayís AAA 400 Drive for Autism 19th.

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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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1 Comment

  1. Kevin

    May 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I am starting to think that JJ’s career is coming to an end. Richard Childress Inc is on a downslope as well. I think JJ will retire in the next few yrs, championship #8 won’t happen.

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