Tag:Jimmie Johnson
Posted on: January 27, 2009 12:47 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2009 3:01 pm
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Jimmie Johnson on Conan O'Brien

Johnson and his sliced up finger visit Conan.

You can skip to his specific segment through the Select Chapter feature

http://www.nbc.com/Late_Night_with_
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Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: November 20, 2008 12:16 pm
 

Mailbag: Jimmie vs. Carl

This was one fan's take on Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards]

From: Dan

Johnson and Edwards are equally talented drivers, but until Edwards becomes more like Johnson,patient and calculating,instead of being a ramrod,with all else being equal, he'll always finish second to Johnson.

 

 

 

I think the fact Edwards pulled off two “fuel mileage” victories during the Chase shows he’s not just a mash the gas pedal sort of driver.

 

Now if you’re simply thinking about Talladega, then the real argument is that he needs to improve his restrictor-plate prowess and with that I could not argue.

 

But, in that same token, when it comes to restrictor-plate racing, so much of it is pure dumb luck. Look at Johnson. Since winning the Daytona 500 in 2006 he has followed up with finishes of 32nd, 39th, 10th, 27th and 23rd.

 

So I'm not really going to hold the lack of restrictor-plate sucess against anybody.

 

Thanks for the e-mail, though I’d have to disagree.
Posted on: November 16, 2008 10:17 pm
 

Is Johnson just a product of NASCAR's system?

Jimmie Johnson added his name to the history books with his third consecutive championship, but for many fans, those championships come with an asterisk.

For better or worse, Johnson is a child of the Chase era. The Chase, of course, is derided by many traditionalist NASCAR fans.

I myself wrestle with my feelings for the Chase. I love the idea of the Chase ... in theory. In practice, not so much.

Since the inception of the Chase, we've continued to track the standings under the traditional point system on the site. Check them out for yourself.

In three of the five seasons -- including two of Johnson's three championship seasons -- the driver who won the Chase, would not have won the title under the cumulative standings.

Jeff Gordon would be a six-time Cup series champion if not for the Chase. Last year, Gordon had one of the greatest seasons in the history of NASCAR, finishing outside the top 10 in just six races. It would have amounted to a 353-point victory in the final standings of the traditional point system. He wound up finishing 77 points behind Johnson in the Chase.

Gordon was also a loser in the very first version of the Chase, which was won by Kurt Busch, who would've finished a distant fourth, 247 points Gordon, under the traditional points.

This season, Carl Edwards came up 69 points short of Johnson in the Chase. In the cumulative battle, Edwards was a 16-point winner, and that's in spite of a 100-point penalty.

Which brings me back to my original point. Does the Chase taint Johnson's titles?

Sure it's debatable whether  winning three consecutive titles under the tradtional system like Cale Yarborough is a greater feat than winning three straight under the Chase system (in fact, expect Pete Pistone and I to do just that on Tuesday), but in terms of grading Johnson's greatness, does it/should it matter?

It's not Johnson's fault he's operating under different rules than those of the past.

But in the hear and now, he's running under the same system as everybody else. And he, crew chief Chad Knaus and the rest of the 48 team have flourished and done what they've needed to do to win the titles under the given system.

If you want to knock Johnson's championships, that's your perogative, but there can be no denying his 40 career Cup victories.

And that's in 255 races. A winning percentage of nearly 16%.

His 40 wins already rank him 15th all-time. At his current pace, it stands to reason that in two or three more years he'll crack the top 10 with Rusty Wallace' 55 wins, which ranks eighth, not too far out of reach.

And then it's time to tackle the pantheon of NASCAR's greats, with Dale Earnhardt's 76 victories seventh all-time.

So while traditionalists may try to knock how Johnson has come about his three championships, there should be no question that he's one of the all-time NASCAR greats -- under any system.

Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: February 16, 2008 3:21 pm
 

Daytona 500 Happy Hour

So the final practice session ended a few hours ago and it was relatively uneventful.

Clint Bowyer, who skipped Friday's practice, probably wishes he'd have skipped Saturday's as well as he spanked the wall the wall during the session.

Carl Edwards topped the time sheet with a speed of 191.034 mph, but didn't put much stock in it.

“The speeds don’t really mean too much because it’s just about luck and where you end up in the pack, but the way the car is handling is really good," Edwards said. "We could actually get out there and lead a little bit.  It’s gonna be a fun race.  I’m really excited.”  

"We’re gonna be great if it’s nice and slick.  If the tires are an issue, I think that’s gonna play into our hands.  I think Bob and the guys have really done a good job of getting the car to handle really well. The biggest concern is just being caught up in something, whether it’s tire related or making a mistake out there.  That’s the biggest concern is getting to the end of the race.  If we’re there at the end on the last lap, and we’re running in the top 10, we’re gonna have a really good shot at it.”

A couple of the Hendrick favorites didn't spend a whole lot of time on the track. Dale Earnhardt Jr. did 13 laps and Jeff Gordon 12. Jimmie Johhnson put in 21 laps of work, while Casey Mears spent 36 laps fine-tuning.

Joe Gibbs Racing, on the other hand, put a lot of effort into Saturday's session. Denny Hamlin did 41 laps, Tony Stewart 40 laps and Kyle Busch 28 laps.

The workhorses of the session were Reed Sorenson and Kasey Kahne. Sorennson did 50 laps, 1/4 of a Daytona 500, while was next with 46 laps. Could they perhaps have put a little too much wear and tear on their engines heading into Sunday's race.

 
 
 
 
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