Johnson leaves Atlanta with longest win, top 10 drought of career

By Matt Courson
February 25, 2018

HAMPTON, Ga.—Jimmie Johnson will enter next weekend’s race in Las Vegas with the longest win and top-10 drought of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

The driver of the No. 48 failed to finish inside the top 10 Sunday in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, marking the eighth consecutive series race he has failed to do so.

Johnson’s last top-10 finish came at Charlotte Motor Speedway last October.

The seven-time MENCS Champion has not won a race since the spring 2017 Dover race, 25 events ago. This is now the longest stretch of races where Johnson has failed to reach Victory Lane in MENCS competition.

“You tell me,” Johnson said when The Racing Experts crews asked what he needs to do to end those streaks. “We’ll figure it out.”

Johnson opens 2018 with a 38th-place finish in the Daytona 500 and a 27th-place finish at Atlanta.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver is unofficially 35th in driver’s standings, 38 points behind the Playoffs cutline.


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