Jimmie Johnson's final campaign has not gone as planned, and after a two-month break, he was unfortunately dealt more heartbreak on Sunday afternoon. Seconds away from taking the first lap of The Real Heroes 400, Johnson crashed the No. 48 car and was eliminated, continuing his monstrous losing streak.
Entering the 2020 season, Johnson carried the baggage of a 95-race winless streak, which has only grown during his final campaign. Just a few short meters away from a great start on Sunday, a slight tap sent Johnson's car wayward. Doomed.
Your leader, through Stage 1, is William Byron, a man who made his bones racing virtually before joining NASCAR. Perhaps he was a bit more zoned in, since the training of the last few race-less months was likely right up his alley?
The good vibes surrounding NASCAR's return lasted only a few hours, as we were soon reminded exactly what a tough final season it's been for one of the sport's enduring legends.
Minutes from polishing off a special start, Johnson will now start Wednesday's action in 37th place.