He will don his familiar firesuit. He will take in the fresh breeze from the Irish Hills. And he will meet with the assembled press Friday morning and no doubt be forced to face the music about his horrific, unimaginable skid.
What exactly is wrong with you, Jimmie Johnson? Why aren't you winning?
On this Throwback Thursday, we're going way, way back -- to the time of Johnson's last trip to Victory Lane, an event that happened so long ago we had to find the track location by using an atlas. Fittingly, it came at Michigan.
Sure, that's where Johnson is headed this week, so you may think his outlook is sunny. But remember this -- it was a different time when he last won. It was a different era, something Johnson will certainly desperately try to recreate, like a middle-aged man daydreaming about his high school glory days.
It was hot that day. The month was June. The year was 2014. Yes, eight long, agonizing races ago (Ed's note: Actually, seven), Johnson won at Michigan for the first time in his career. It completed a streak of three wins in four races that came after an even more unimaginable streak of 11 races without a victory.
In honor of #TBT, let’s take a look at just how much the world has changed since Six-Time last visited Victory Lane.
The last time Jimmie Johnson won:
• Jimmie Johnson had a well-groomed beard.
• The President of the United States was Barack Obama.
• NBA superstar LeBron James played for the Miami Heat.
• Matt Kenseth was winless.
• The average price for one gallon of unleaded gasoline was $3.61. It has since plummeted to $3.45.
• NASCAR media members were tweeting weather updates from the track.
• Carl Edwards hadn't officially announced his 2015 plans.
• America was only 237 years old. It is now 238.
It's clear that this is a strange, new world we live in now, Jimmie. Go make it your own.