There was something special about NASCAR's playoffs this season that it made it feel like Jimmie Johnson would finally win his record-tying seventh championship.
Then it was time to race, and suddenly Johnson was anything but a slam dunk.
His car was seized by NASCAR shortly before the race for a last-minute trip through inspection, setting Johnson up for a mind-boggling Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He was the worst of the four title contenders for most of the race, but was gifted the chance of his career when Carl Edwards coughed away the title.
Given two more chances to win the title, Johnson got the restart of his life to steal the win that earned him...