Jimmie Johnson Cashes in with Win at Vegas: Is He NASCAR's Best Ever?

Mar 1, 2010 | Posted by: The New Twenty | Full story: bleacherreport.com

As the warm afternoon sun faded in Las Vegas Sunday, Jimmie Johnson basked in is 49th career victory after holding off Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon to win the Shelby American.

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A LOYAL FAN

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He probably isn't. He is good however Chad Knause is the best!

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Mar 1, 2010
 
This is the kind of question that makes us long for those IROC events...

Set the cars up equal and let these guys handle the tire management and driving ability. THEN we'd find out who's who in the driver seat. Although, some drivers rock in loose condition and others prefer tighter cars.

As I understand, Johnson likes throttle control on exit, which means the car is free enough to be very fast, and so long as he isn't gonna spin it, he isn't gonna lift. Just gotta put less wheel in it and balance the car's tendency to come around. When a tight car is too tight, you simply cant get on the throttle like you want.

Basically if you like it tight, you're at a disadvantage. Thats probably why Jimmie's so unbeatable; Physically, a car thats free has far more potential to circle a track faster, and keeps that right front from getting chewed too fast. Win-win... so long as you can control it.

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Mar 1, 2010
 
Oh, and I guess that ^^ means he IS the best ever because he can control what is potentially the fastest car setups. It doesn't help on EVERY track, but enough to score those points ;)
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He definitely better then old Dale Earnhardt, and so is Jeff Gordon.
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There are so many things that go into making a racer successfull. Sure, JJ is a good driver. He has probably the best crew chief that ever existed. And he drives good equipment. I'm doubting though whether Junya for example could pull off what JJ does if the two switched teams. JJ is pretty cool headed. He doesn't seem to let things upset him and he believes in his crew chief.
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I believe Jimmie Johnson right now is the best Nascar has seen. Bar none. You ask all the ol' time racers & they'll tell ya'. The way he's dominating Nascar...it's the Jimmie Johnson Era.
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Mar 2, 2010
 
It's hard to compare drivers of past era's. The older racers were pure racers and did it all themselves. Jimmie might have been able to complete with them but I'm guessing that without Chad Knauss he wouldn't be nearly as effective.
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why can't this guy win a road race?
2FST488

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Mar 2, 2010
 
It's not that hard to compare drivers of past era's. What Jimmie is doing in his era bests that of Petty, Earnhardt, Gordon. More wins & championships than any other driver at this stage of their careers. And if the older racers were such "pure" racers and did it all themselves why did they all have crew chiefs? I'll tell ya'...cuz they couldn't win as many races & championships without them! Any great driver has a great crew chief (Petty/Inman, Earnhardt/Shelmerdine, Gordon/Evernham, Johnson/Knaus)
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Mar 2, 2010
 
Johnson is a good driver. and Montoya sucks
2FST488

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Mar 2, 2010
 
It's not that he can't win a road race, because he will, as much but until recently he hasn't been that good at road races. Does winning a road race make you Nascar's best driver? No.
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2FST488 wrote:
It's not that he can't win a road race, because he will, as much but until recently he hasn't been that good at road races. Does winning a road race make you Nascar's best driver? No.
Dale Earnhardt wasn't very good on road courses either, but I'm pretty sure not many would question his driving ability. There are just some courses that drivers never get a great feel for. What it comes down to is, not a course or 2, but seasons and consistency. That's what defines a great driver.
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barr wrote:
There are so many things that go into making a racer successfull. Sure, JJ is a good driver. He has probably the best crew chief that ever existed. And he drives good equipment. I'm doubting though whether Junya for example could pull off what JJ does if the two switched teams. JJ is pretty cool headed. He doesn't seem to let things upset him and he believes in his crew chief.
Also, his crew chief believes in him. Sometimes we like to give Chad a little to much credit, because at the end of the day, it's still Jimmie who has to drive the car. Chad has as much faith in Jimmie's abilities as Jimmie does in Chad's. That's what really makes them good, just as it's made many driver/cc combinations good over the years.

Just as Jimmie knows that Chad can make strategy calls and adjust his car to make it better; Chad knows that Jimmie can recover on the track when a mistake is made and give him the feedback he needs to adjust the car. He also knows that Jimmie can keep the car out of trouble and run in a decent position even when the car setup isn't the best, which gives him the chance to make the necessary adjustments.

It's a team effort, just as it was with many great driver/cc combos over the years. A relationship built not only on trust in one another, but a compliment of skill and ability. Which, in turn, makes each better than they are individually. Of course, these relationship are built with some trial and error. Faith and trust in each other comes in big part by proving to the other that you have the capability and mental toughness for the other to trust you. Obviously, you get to that point by consistently getting the job done, until it just becomes almost a given in the others mind that they can rely on that.

That's what makes Jimmie and Chad so good together. They're both skilled at what they do individually, but together they're unbelievable. If you get that once in your career, than you enjoy the hell out of it and take advantage. Because, there's no guarantee that you'll ever have it again, not at this level anyway.

They both have skill and would do well with other people, but neither may ever have this level of competitiveness with another. And yes, that includes Chad. While he obviously has great skill as a crew chief, Jimmie makes him better just as he does Jimmie. If either ever get that again, they'll be damn lucky.
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2FST488 wrote:
I believe Jimmie Johnson right now is the best Nascar has seen. Bar none. You ask all the ol' time racers & they'll tell ya'. The way he's dominating Nascar...it's the Jimmie Johnson Era.
High five and I totally agree with your post....five...I'm liking that number for lotsa reasons if you get my drift.
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2FST488 wrote:
I believe Jimmie Johnson right now is the best Nascar has seen. Bar none. You ask all the ol' time racers & they'll tell ya'. The way he's dominating Nascar...it's the Jimmie Johnson Era.
Nothing has changed from a year ago when you made this well thought out post.
Go for the WIN in Vegas Jimmie, make it back to back wins at LVMS
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Mar 6, 2011
 
Guess he had a bad day.ha ha--- not in top 10.....
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what wrote:
Guess he had a bad day.ha ha--- not in top 10.....
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backdoorbob wrote:
why can't this guy win a road race?
If you mean JJ, then you must mean why had he not won a road race? As in, before he DID win a road race at Sonoma.

Somehow confused... why nobody else mentioned this

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Guess he had a bad day.ha ha--- not in top 10.....
Yeah, this is typical, and probably according to plan. At this stage of the game, Chad does research and testing, which Chad's been known to do on raceday early in the season. Long-run what-if testing that needs to be done now to eliminate variables and questions they can't afford to ask during the chase.

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