Jimmie Johnson is having one of the worst seasons of his career. That being said, he is technically only two wins away from a record breaking eighth championship. Everything is relative when you have had the kind of success that Johnson has had.
The good news for Johnson fans is that even if this year doesn't have the same fairy tale ending as last season, That won't close the door on Johnson winning the most championships in history.
With big names like Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Danica Patrick already gone, on the way out, or at risk of being forced out , respectively, NASCAR needs Johnson in the sport as a steadying force.
Johnson has said he plans to keep racing, and his long time spotter, Earl Barban confirmed that three more championship runs is the expectation.
"We know he has at least three more attempts at it, plus this year," Barban told USA TODAY. "I won't let him down in pursuit of that. And I know he won't let us down. I know everybody on that team is doing all they can to make that happen."
As the 42 year old driver continues, it is fair to ask if he is on the decline, so this year may be his best shot, but having him around for three more years is sure to ease some of the concern of NASCAR and Johnson's fans.