Jimmie Johnson’s Playoff Streaks End In 2019

Ultimately, Jimmie Johnson's 15-year NASCAR Playoffs streak ends this year. (Photo Credit: Stephen Conley/TPF)
Ultimately, Jimmie Johnson's 15-year NASCAR Playoffs streak ends this year. (Photo Credit: Stephen Conley/TPF)

Ultimately, Jimmie Johnson’s 15-year NASCAR Playoffs streak ends this year. (Photo Credit: Stephen Conley/TPF)

On lap 105, history was made but not in grand fashion for seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. A big crash in Turn Two sent Johnson out of the race. This extinguished his hopes of making a run at the 2019 championship along with snapping a 15-year Playoff appearance streak.

Johnson showed a lot of promise and speed throughout the race, running in the top-10 most of the day. However, during the pit stops under caution between Stages 2 and 3, Johnson found himself restarting in seventh alongside Kurt Busch on the ensuing restart.

As the final stage went green, Johnson needed to gain 17 points on Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez, and Clint Bowyer. Despite the tough margin, it wasn’t impossible to make the Playoffs.

As the field raced through Turn One, Kurt Busch slid high, catalyzing a three-wide battle with Johnson and William Byron. Johnson lost control of his No. 48 Ally Chevrolet while running seventh, backing hard into the outside wall and destroying his car.  In the end, Johnson took out Parker Klingerman, Daniel Hemric, and others in that wreck.

“We were going to have a strong day, Johnson said.  “It’s disappointing. The No. 1 car had some issues on the restart and I just needed to go.”

Johnson added he got below the white line and spun despite the impressive run that they compiled at Indy.

“The Hendrick Motorsports team has seen improvement over the last several weeks,” Johnson said. “I’ve been sleeping easier recently with the last several weeks. We’ve had strong race cars and now, I’m just waiting on the results to show up.”

Certainly, while Johnson’s Playoffs streak ended in disappointment, he looked towards an optimistic prospect.

“Our goal now is to win a race,” he said with confidence.

Stephen Conley

If it races, I'll write about it, talk about it or shoot it with a camera.

I began pursuing a career in motorsports journalism immediately after attending college at Kent State University. I have hosted multiple Motorsports talk shows, worked in Country Music radio, and now i spend every day on the air in the morning with 1300 and 100.9 WMVO and in the afternoons watching the roadways around Central Ohio for 93.7 WQIO.

The excitement and the fans make everything I put out there worth while, it's been an exciting 15 years having covered everything from the Daytona 500 to the Rolex 24 and you can find me at pretty much any event run at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

What I like to bring is a look behind the scenes, a look at what and who makes the sport grow. From the guy that welds pieces back at the shop to the host in the tv booth.

Everyone has a story and I like to tell it. My main focus here at TPF is looking at the men and women behind the microphone and cameras.

My life long goal is to become a member of MRN or PRN Radio and bring the races to you. I hope that what I share now is enjoyable and gives you a unique look in to the world of motorsports.

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