When Jimmie Johnson Is No Longer No. 1, How Is He Going to Handle It?
All good things must come to an end and Jimmie Johnson knows that. "This stuff isn't going to last forever." After winning four straight championships, he knows that one day he won't be at the top of the sport and that there will come a day when he's not the one hoisting the championship trophy in Miami.
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#1 Dec 14, 2009
When he clearly loses his position as the best NASCAR driver he should retire. And I think he might. What will he have to race for?
#2 Dec 14, 2009
What a useless article. He'll handle losing the title the same way he handled it in the past, with dignity. Sure, he won't be happy about it. I'd be worried about any driver who would be happy about losing, but he's already proven to be a classy guy both in victory and defeat. It's inevitable that someone else will win and I'm sure Jimmie realizes that as much as every other drive who's ever been a favorite to win it. You move on and try again next year and I'm sure that will be the attitude on the 48 team.
Jimmie will be competitive for many years to come and that's really all you can ask for as a driver. You can't win them all, no matter how talented you are or how great your team may be. Jimmie has tasted both victory and defeat and that makes you stronger and more able to handle both. Richard Petty couldn't win them all, neither could Dale Sr. or David Pearson or Jeff Gordon and they all realized that, just as I'm sure that Jimmie does. They all handled it just fine and I'm sure Jimmie will as well.
Sometimes being knocked off the pedestal just remotivates you to come out and prove your still as good as you always were. That's what keeps the greats of Nascar competitive over all those years. You always have to prove yourself, because there're always guys out there who can take it from you and sooner or later, one of them will. When that happens, it becomes your job to than take it from him.
Jimmie has never shown me that he's anything but motivated in defeat. If anything, he's shown me that defeat is something that makes him work even harder. The fact that he came so close to winning it all, but was denied and than came back to win 4 straight pretty much says it all. That shows you how a guy handles defeat. He learns and ends up being even better in the end because of it.
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