With only one race left to go in the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, it appears that Jimmie Johnson all but has a lock on an unprecedented fourth consecutive championship. Love him or hate him, Jimmie Johnson is the real deal. He's a great race car driver, with a lot of talent, and he's fortunate to be driving for probably the best crew chief in NASCAR.
Would the 48 Lowes Chevy team won even one championship without Chad Knaus calling the shots from on top of the pit box? It's hard to say, and we'll never know, obviously, but I would find it hard to believe that Jimmie could have achieved so much success without the brainiest crew cheif in the sport calling the shots.
Obviously, it doesn't hurt having a team owner like Rick Hendrick providing excellent equipment and personnel for the team either. Jimmie could have been driving for a third tier team for his Cup career, and it's possible that no one would be talking about him right now.
With only one race to go, it appears that Jimmie has this Cup in the bag, but don't forget what happened to him at Texas. He's not, and neither should you. Anything can happen in this sport, and it won't be over until the checkered flag waves at Homestead on Sunday.