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All of Jimmie Johnson's visits to Victory Lane this season have been to congratulate other drivers. The six-time and defending NASCAR champion hasn't won a race since last November, a 13-race losing skid.
He's not getting any sympathy.
"I don't feel bad for him," Carl Edwards said. "I've felt bad for him before and he turns it right around."
That's like a 72-race slump, almost, for him. ... They'll figure it out. He'll go out and just wax everybody and then everything is fine for the rest of the year.” -- Dale Earnhardt Jr., on
Jimmie Johnson's 13-race winless streak
Johnson goes into the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway a surprising 0-for-11 on the season. It's the longest drought since 2003, his second season in the Sprint Cup Series.
A 13-race losing streak may not seem like much, but it feels like an eternity when talking about Johnson.
"That's like a 72-race slump, almost, for him," laughed Dale Earnhardt Jr., Johnson's teammate at Hendrick Motorsports.
The Coca-Cola 600 comes at the perfect time for Johnson, who won the longest race on the NASCAR schedule three consecutive times from 2003-05. In all, Johnson has 10 wins at Charlotte -- six in points races, and four All-Star wins. He won the 2012 and 2013 runnings of the All-Star race, and finished sixth on Saturday night.
"I know the track has been strong for myself and Hendrick Motorsports, really, if you look at their history. I want to keep those winning ways alive," said Johnson, who is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for most wins at Charlotte.
While he's still seeking a win, Johnson's season isn't too shabby. He's seventh in the standings, had six top-10 finishes and his 527 laps led trails only Kevin Harvick, a two-time winner this season who has led 672 laps.
"They'll figure it out," said Earnhardt. "He'll go out and just wax everybody and then everything is fine for the rest of the year. They'll just hit on it and keep going."