NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson before 2016 has won six titles under the Chase format. During the first 26 races of the 2016 season, Jimmie Johnson had two victories and made the Chase because of those wins; However, Johnson had a career low in top five and top ten finishes after the first 26 races. He had only 7 top fives and 10 top tens finishes.
Johnson had a very unlucky season with multiple crashes, mechanical problems, and ill handling race cars. After the first 26 races were completed, Johnson had an average finish of 15th and multiple finishes of 20th or worse. Despite how poorly his finishes were, he was still in The Chase since he won those two races early on in the year.
Johnson went on into The Chase and collected 4 top 5's and 6 top ten finishes including three wins. Drivers that had consistantly good finishes all season such as Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. , were all eliminated from winning the title after not advancing into the following knock-out rounds. Jimmie Johnson went on into the season finale at Homestead and won a "Seventh Championship".
In 2014, the knock-out style of playoffs were added to The Chase. Jeff Gordon had what looked like a Championship season going for him. Gordon had the best average finish of all drivers (10.7), finished every single race, had the most top tens of all drivers (23), and won four races. The eighth race of ten in The Chase was at Texas Motor Speedway. Gordon was leading the race when a late caution came out. On the restart, Brad Keselowski tried to fit his car into a tight gap between Gordon and another car. This resulted in contact which caused Gordon's left rear tire to go flat. Gordon spun out and resulted in him finishing a heartbreaking 26th place. A huge fight occurred after the race between the two drivers and their pit crews. The following week, Gordon was eliminated from winning the Championship after failing to advance into the final round.