John is apparently caught in some sort of space/time/numbers contiuum warp.
#55 Benny Parsons.
For the leetle fellers out there, in 1973 Cup points were cumulative, with no "chase". All Benny had to do was gain a few more points in the final event to win the Championship, BUT, this happened:
Several teams pitched in, cut up another car, & got him back on the track, where he gathered enough points to win the Championship.
ps--Speaking of "time warp", an almost identical scenario unfolded in 2015 for Patrick Thomas, and he in fact won the NASCAR division II championship after many pitched in to rebuild the right side of his car. He has mentioned that he will never forget that night or those that helped.