To read some of the headlines, Jimmie Johnson’s quest for six NASCAR Sprint Cup titles is in severe jeopardy. After his woes at Bristol, preceded by maladies at Michigan, the five-time champ is in serious trouble.
Really? Sometimes all you can do is just shake your head at some of the stink some of the writers try to stir. A slump? Ask Brad Keselowski about that. The defending champ has finished worse than 30th FIVE times this season (compared to Johnson’s two), and Kez has ZERO wins. That’s a slump. Two finishes south of 30th and missed chances for wins are rather un-Johnson like, but the man still has four wins on the year and has an 18 point lead on Clint Bowyer (not that it will matter after Richmond.)
I can be as guilty as anyone for “throwing things out there,” but presently, there are a number of headlines that are just plain crazy. There’s also loads of talk that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in jeopardy of missing the Chase. Yes, he’s has a couple of rough weeks recently- and it doesn’t help that he hasn’t won in 2013- however, keep in mind he’s 29 points to the good of 10th place Joey Logano, having secured 13 top tens- tying him for third in the NSCS with Logano and Bowyer. Is he secure? No. In real danger? That headline can wait going into Richmond. There are a lot of moving parts right now.
How about all the talk about the possibility of Kasey Kahne getting into Matt Kenseth late in the Bristol race? Seriously- how many of you really thought Kahne would do it. I didn’t, because I’ve watched this guy long enough to know that’s not how he races. There’s a few drivers who MIGHT, but Kahne wasn’t one of them. I don’t care what he said about Matt Kenseth’s team- Joe Gibbs Racing. Maybe if it’s Kyle Busch Kahne is up against, it’s different; but I think it’s another case of the media stirring the pot.
It’s like the whole deal with Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin. I’m sure if I’m Hamlin, I’m thinking Harvick’s presence in my pit box does seem a little threatening, but I also know we both came out of a messy multi-car wreck, and the truth is on my side. Sometimes, I just think reporters are a little too eager to see conflict where it doesn’t exist. If something really happened down there, THEN that’s a story.
NASCAR isn’t the only one with this problem. Remember when Tiger Woods was left for dead? Oops, jumped the gun on that one. Remember when kicking Brett Favre to the curb for Aaron Rodgers was a big mistake? You see a pattern here.
It’s just silly how things get blown out of proportion. Some people like blowing stuff up..and they’re pretty good at it. Given that, perhaps its easy to understand why Tony Stewart is so grumpy. Personally, I love it when a driver or crew chief, “I couldn’t hear what you said with all the noise, but…..”