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How does Jimmie Johnson compare to the greats of NASCAR lore?
Posted By Erik Norman On Nov 27 2010 @ 1:59 am In NASCAR | 1 Comment
Well I have to give credit where credit is due. JJ has simply been unstoppable in the last 10 races of the chase for the last 5 years. Yeah he won a lot of races during the “regular season” of NASCAR but hes kinda hung around in the top 10 in points for those years. I just seem to find it hard to compare him with the greats such as Earnhardt, Petty, and Yarborough when they won their titles while racing a full season, without a playoff scenerio. Dont get me wrong JJ is a great driver and has unbelieveable talents, but you have to wonder how can we judege someone’s titles when they are totally unstoppable for 10 races and not a full 36 races. I did some research just the other day and i found that in the 5 seasons that JJ has won the title he would have won it 2-3 times and not 5 in a row. Lets use 2010 NASCAR season for example, the Sprint Cup Champion would have been Kevin Harvick over Denny Hamlin by approximatly 285 points under the old point system.
All I am saying is before we all go giving Jimmie Johnson the “Greatest there ever was” trophy we should take a second and look and compare just how the present champions and the past champions won their titles. I mean pre-2004 a driver had to driver for all 36 races to win the title. Now a days all they have to hang around and win a few races and then in the last 10 races perform flawlessly to win the title. I’m sorry but i believe that NASCAR should go back to the old point system and reward being consistant for all 36 races not for the final 10 races.
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