One problem for NASCAR is that it winds up crowning its champion in the middle of the NFL season. A lesson that we should all have learned by now is that it's not a good idea to do ANYTHING important in the middle of NFL season. For instance, did you know that the NBA season started? Yep. NHL too.
So with your attention understandably riveted on the scramble for NFL wild-card spots, we want to pause and give props to Jimmie Johnson in the Lowe's No. 48 Chevrolet for winning his 10th race of the year Sunday in Phoenix. In the process, he closed in on the Chase championship and should win it in the absence of a breakdown in South Florida next weekend. So in anticipation of JJ's second straight NASCAR championship, we offer this salute. There's no joy at Home Depot today.