Jimmie Johnson finished 39th, 27th and 31st, respectively, in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Daytona 500s. In each year, he rallied to win the Cup championship.

With that in mind, Johnson's mindset after Sunday's 35th-place run at Daytona is entirely predictable.

"In my crazy mind, I'm trying to find a way I can win a fifth (title), because the last four we've finished terrible at Daytona, and I'm buying into it and finding some silver lining in this, saying it's a good sign," said Johnson, who, uncharacteristically, won his first championship in 2006 after winning the 500.

Tyre problems, one caused by running over the now-infamous pothole near the transition between Turns 1 and 2 at Daytona, ruined Johnson's chances to reverse his recent trend in the Great American Race.

"I think we were in position to have a shot at winning," Johnson said. "I was running with the #1 car (race winner Jamie McMurray) and the #42 (Juan Pablo Montoya) when we had our failure. Those guys both were up front shortly after we went out of the race."