Johnson Not Worried
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on May 9, 2014 | 1:54 P.M. EST
“Until we are not locked in I mean there is nothing to worry about." (Photo: Getty Images)
By Johnson’s standards his start to the 2014 campaign has been on the sluggish side. You’ll have that view for a guy who has six championships and 66 career wins.
But the reality is Johnson sits seventh in the standings coming into this weekend’s 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway on the strength of three top-five and five top-10 finishes.
Even with the new “win and you’re in” Chase format, Johnson isn’t concerned at all about missing the chance of running for title number seven.
“Until we are not locked in I mean there is nothing to worry about,” Johnson said Friday at Kansas. “Where we sit in points right now we are locked in. Of course we want to win; we want to win every race we go to.”
Johnson readily admits the overall performance for the 48 team has been spotty at times, but with 16 races left in the regular season and the point standings more than likely filling out the Chase field he’s far from panic mode.
“Yes, there have been some poor performances,” said Johnson. “We are trying to raise that. I don’t think that we are where we want to be as a team right now, but we have had a few looks at wins and I know we will get a few more. We just need to capitalize on that. If not, points still matter. There is a bigger window to make the Chase today than there was last year. Last year was 12; this year it’s 16. I don’t think there is anything to stress out about yet.”
History shows Johnson has had slow starts before, specifically in 2003 and 2005 when it took until race number twelve of the season before he finally won.