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Michigan International Speedway will not be "just another track" this weekend, just as Watkins Glen was this past weekend, for Jimmie Johnson. Each of them belong to a group of NASCAR venues that are quickly going extinct: tracks that Jimmie Johnson has never won at during his illustrious NASCAR career. At this point, there are only five active tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit that he hasn't visited Victory Lane at: Michigan, Watkins Glen, Kentucky, Homestead, and Chicago.
Michigan stands out of this group as the only track that appears on Jimmie's schedule twice each year, adding up to 21 visits so far without a win. Kentucky benefits from having recently been added to the schedule, so Johnson has only made two trips here (albeit with one pole, one top-five, and one top-ten finish).
Watkins Glen has proved to be tricky; however, after crossing Sonoma off of his list in 2010 (which was the last track to get kicked out of the winless track group), Johnson has appeared to be very close to another road course win. At Chicago, Johnson as eight top-ten finishes (five of which were top-five finishes). And then there's Homestead, the track which is home to five terrific memories of Championshiph wins, yet no race wins, possibly because in 5 of his 11 trips, a win wasn't necessary to accomplish his goals.
There's also Rockingham Speedway, which Johnson had only five chances of winning at before it was taken off of the NASCAR schedule; however, he did drive to a 2nd place finish in 2003.
Including Michigan, Johnson still has 3 opportunities left this year to cross another track off the list in what has already been an incredible career. Considering Johnson finished fifth in June on the newly paved track at Michigan, it looks like his chances are as good as ever this weekend.