I’ve always been a defender of NASCAR to people who called it boring because of the continuous “left turns” or whatever other reason. But now I can’t help but join the ranks of people who can’t stand to watch the sport, but for a completely different reason: Jimmie Johnson.
Today, he clinched his fifth consecutive NASCAR championship. Not just his fifth of his career, but the fifth one in a row. From 2006 to 2010, Johnson has won every single “Chase for the Cup”. The name is very appropriate now, since all of the other drivers in the chase have been doing the chasing. NASCAR recently changed the points system to make it more exciting. Guess what? It actually benefited Johnson.
This shouldn’t be able to happen. Dale “The Intimidator” Earnhardt and Richard “The King” Petty each won seven championships. But those were spread out over careers that spanned decades.
“Experts” have been explaining the decline in viewers and attendance as a result of a bad economy, bull. It’s a result of a complete predictable outcome each and every year. People are bored because we know how it will all end, I expect there to be an even bigger drop off next year.
I can only hope that NASCAR finds a way to save the sport that me and millions of people have cherished for years. What happened today is another nail in the coffin of the organization that calls itself the pinnacle of racing.