Opinion: Same Old Story
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on October 23, 2013 | 2:00 P.M. EST
Although Johnson saw his streak of consecutive championships come to an end at five, it wasn’t like he fell off the map the last two seasons while Tony Stewart and Brad Keselowski were climbing to the top of the mountain.
This year’s World Series match-up has generated a collective yawn from many baseball fans around the country.
When the Cardinals and the Red Sox play for the crown it will be the fourth time the pair has squared off in MLB history and the second since 2004. Boston has two World Championships in the last nine years to its credit while St. Louis boasts eleven in its history.
Forget the fact I’m a frustrated Cubs fan. It’s just human nature to want to see new blood battle for the title in any sport.
But with four races left in the season, there’s a very good chance we could again see history repeat itself with Jimmie Johnson taking the Sprint Cup Series crown.
It’s the last thing NASCAR needs.
The 2013 season has been one of the most trying in the sport’s history with a laundry list of problems plaguing NASCAR seemingly from the first race of the year.
The cure to shift attention away and return focus to the competition would be memorable races, a close championship battle and yes a fresh face hoisting the Sprint Cup trophy at Homestead next month.
But the racing has not completely captured fans’ attention and the Chase appears down to a two man race between Johnson and Matt Kenseth, now that the supposed “Wild Card” of Talladega failed deliver the hoped for seismic shift to the point standings.
There’s nothing wrong with a couple of drivers duking it out like heavyweight prizefighters down to the wire. In reality Kenseth and Johnson have been the two best drivers all season long so there’s some poetic justice in the pair deciding the championship between one another the rest of the way if that is indeed how things play out.
However, just the thought of Johnson celebrating Sprint Cup championship number six is enough to send thousands of fans screaming into the streets.
There is no denying Johnson’s undeniable greatness. He is already a Hall of Famer and in many eyes NASCAR’s greatest driver. Another title brings him one shot of the elusive seven crowns held by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, a mark that may not just be broken but shattered before Johnson hangs up the helmet.
Although Johnson saw his streak of consecutive championships come to an end at five, it wasn’t like he fell off the map the last two seasons while Tony Stewart and Brad Keselowski were climbing to the top of the mountain. He was more than competitive in both the 2011 and 2012 campaigns and came very close to derailing Keselowski’s championship express last year.
In many ways 2013 has been vintage Johnson; a strong regular season with some fall off in August and September only to roar back to life when the Chase bell rang.
Now six races into the playoffs Johnson has wrestled the lead away from Kenseth and is ready to set sail into a quartet of tracks where he’s won a collective 14 times in his career including eight at Martinsville, the next stop of the schedule.
The performance is nothing short of impeccable and Johnson is on the verge of adding another chapter to his legacy.
Unfortunately for many fans it’s a story all too familiar.
The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Network.