Earlier this year Jimmie Johnson was asked how he would feel if his career ended without his winning a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title.
Johnson, tongue in cheek, replied with a smile: "My life sucks. That would be terrible."
A seventh championship is about the only thing Johnson hasn't accomplished in NASCAR, which returns to Fontana on Sunday for the Auto Club 400, the fifth race of the Cup season.
Considered among the best NASCAR drivers in history, Johnson has six titles — including five consecutive from 2006 through 2010 — and he's won 76 races, tying him with the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. for seventh on the all-time Cup wins list.
Johnson also has earned more than $150 million in career race winnings for his Hendrick Motorsports team. Last year alone, Johnson himself collected $22.7 million from his salary, his share of race winnings and endorsements, Forbes estimated.
Johnson's latest victory came last month in Atlanta. On his victory lap there, Johnson paid homage to Earnhardt and his No. 3 Chevrolet by holding his arm out the window and flashing a three-finger salute to the crowd.
The win all but assures Johnson a spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff again this season and another opportunity to tie Earnhardt and Richard Petty with seven championships.
That's why the online betting site Bovada.com gives Johnson and defending Cup champion Kyle Busch 7-to-1 odds to win another championship this year, behind only the 5-to-1 favorite Kevin Harvick, the 2014 Cup champion.
If there's a track where Johnson can maintain his momentum in his No. 48 Chevrolet, it's the two-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
Johnson, 40, is the only five-time Cup winner at the track. The first of those wins was the El Cajon native's first Cup victory when he was a rookie in 2002.
"I thought, man, if I can win a race, they'll keep me around for a couple more years, [I'll] make a little money, then I'll go back racing dirt, life will be good," he recalled earlier this year.
What happened instead is that Johnson became so dominant that he annoyed a good portion of NASCAR's fan base.
Despite his remarkable achievements, many fans frowned on Johnson being so routinely competitive. His often bland and even-keeled public persona didn't help his cause with NASCAR fans who like their racers colorful and controversial.
But anyone underestimating Johnson's shot at a seventh title does so at his own risk, especially because Johnson is still paired with long-time crew chief Chad Knaus, who many consider the brainiest and hardest-working crew chief in the garage.
This weekend the hood of Johnson's Chevy is sporting a decal of Superman's "S" shield to promote the new movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Johnson's teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., has the rival Batman emblem on his No. 88 Chevrolet.
In light of Johnson's history at Fontana, including the fact that he has led a track record 955 laps in Cup races, it seems apt that he's carrying the Superman logo at Auto Club Speedway.