By admin | September 14, 2010
By Richard Allen
The 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup is now upon us. Inevitably, the question of who will emerge as the champion will be asked throughout this current week.
When people ask me that question my response is a simple one. Why pick anyone other than Jimmie Johnson? There is no glory in being bold… but wrong.
Seriously, remove your emotion from the equation. Don’t think of what you want or don’t want to happen. Think of what is the most logical and likely thing to happen. The answer has to be Johnson. His record speaks for itself. He and his team have figured out how to play the game better than everyone else. They have learned how to hit their stride at just the right time.
There have been seasons in which Johnson has entered the Chase as the favorite and he went on to win. There have been seasons in which he has entered the Chase not considered the favorite and he has won then as well.
There have been seasons such as last year in which he clearly had the best car during the final ten races and he has won in those seasons. There have been seasons in which he may have not had the best car such as in 2008 when Carl Edwards appeared to have the strongest ride, but Johnson found a way to win then as well.
Yesterday, I posted a piece in which I asked whether or not this could be the season in which a non-winner will win the championship. While that certainly could happen, I would not bet on it.
As for me, I am picking Jimmie Johnson to win this year’s Sprint Cup. And, I will continue to do so until that prediction proves to be wrong. That outcome may not necessarily be what I want to happen. It may not even prove to be what actually will happen. But I’m willing to take my chances.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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