Sunday, November 22, 2009
Is There Something Special About Jimmie?
Is Jimmie Johnson winning four championships in a row really all that special?
In a word NO.
I know, I know, you are saying wait a minute Ann. The man has won four championships in a row, no one has ever done that before. Not Richard Petty. Not Junior Johnson. Not even Cale Yarborough. Or even the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.
And that is why it is not that special. These drivers won their championships, working the whole year to win them. They won races, they were consistent the whole year. Not just for ten races at the end of the year.
If it were not for the chase, Jimmie Johnson would not have won four in a row.
If it were not for the chase, Jeff Gordon, would have five championships by now, possibly even six.
Tony Stewart would be fixing to wrap up his third championship of his career.
Carl Edwards or Greg Biffle probably would have a championship by now. At the most Jimmie Johnson would have one.
So the fact that Jimmie Johnson is about to win his fourth championship, after a ten race stretch for four years, is not that impressive.
It is when a guy goes the whole year being consistent and winning races, that he should be crowned champion. Not just after ten races.
So while NASCAR and the media is hailing Jimmie as the greatest champion in NASCAR history, in my mind he is at best a one time champion. Nothing special about that.
Posted by Tsfanpc at 12:27 PM