Sunday, November 18, 2012

Greatest Drivers of All Time #12: Jimmie Johnson

In a new series I am doing on the blog, I take a look at the greatest fifteen drivers in the history of motorsports, with some statistics and reasons as to why I selected them. Here are the previous drivers on the list:

#15 Jim Clark
#14 Dario Franchitti
#13 Sir Jackie Stewart


Jimmie Johnson


Born: September 17, 1975 El Cajon, USA
Race starts: 387
Wins: 58
Poles: 26
Nascar Titles: 5
Daytona 500 Wins: 1

Jimmie Johnson is the second of three active drivers who made my list, and for good reason. What he has done is staggering. JJ aka Five Time, the nickna,e given to him because he won five straight titles, has been destroying competition for many, many years. He doesn't always start out front, but he has the uncanny ability to put himself in a position to win the race. And for some reason, Jimmie is hated on. Why? I don't know. I mean, I hate the Yankees because they buy their wins. And JJ gets comparisons to NASCAR's versions of The Yankees. But Five Time busts his ass on and off the track to earn every one of his wins. Not to mention he is one of the nicest people off the track. Jimmie Johnson earns a much deserving spot on my top fifteen list.

Stay tuned for #11. Let me know what you think. 

-Matthew Hickey

1 comment:

  1. For a long time I was a JJ hater...but this season, during his balls-out charge to beat Brad, I realized that JJ really IS one of the greatest ever in Nascar. The dude is amazing, and I am happy to know that I am witnessing greatness...I wasn't alive during the Petty administration, and was too young during much of the Earnhardt administration...Same goes for Sebastian Vettel and Jamie Whincup in V8 Supercars...domination is amazing, even if the masses disagree.

    ReplyDelete