April 16, 2021

by a NASCAR fanatic - not affiliated with NASCAR

One thing about Jimmie Johnson you have to admire is that he obviously has retained his sense of humor through a frustrating start to his 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Johnson, the defending series champion who won his record-tying seventh title a year ago, finished 21st in last Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

“Man, we definitely didn’t have the fastest car out there (Sunday),” Johnson said. “I think we used up all the good luck in the season finale last season. We battled all day long to get back on the lead lap, but we have got some work to do.”

The numbers bear that out. Through the first five races of the season, Johnson has just one top-10 finish — a ninth at Phoenix two weeks ago. He’s 17th in points.

“I’m looking forward to spending the week with my girls (wife Chandra and his two daughters) and heading to Martinsville next weekend with this Lowe’s team,” Johnson said.

What he’s not looking forward to is another trip to his pit stall like the sideways one he took below during the race at Fontana. But again, at least he had a sense of humor about it and said he’s ready to head to Martinsville Speedway, where he’s a nine-time winner at the short track.

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