Heading into Sunday's Pepsi Max 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Johnson has an eight-point lead over Denny Hamlin.
Johnson, the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, has already broken the NASCAR record for most consecutive championships. One more and his team will join the likes of the New York Yankees and Montreal Canadiens. Perhaps one day his team might surpass the UCLA Bruins and their seven straight NCAA men's basketball titles or the Boston Celtics and their eight NBA championships in a row.
Go to ESPN.com and read what other drivers and owners are saying about Johnson's championship streak.
Photo: No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus, left, directs his team in the garage as four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series defending champion and five-time Auto Club Speedway race winner Jimmie Johnson looks on during practice Friday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)