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Once again last year, Jimmie Johnson took another gear when the Chase was on, winning four times in 10 races, as opposed to three times in the other 26. Since NASCAR started the Chase in 2004, Johnson has won 18 of 60 Chase races (30 percent), and has 23 wins in the 156 non-Chase events (15 percent).
028_RA0310 2/1/10 9:38 AM OF THE YEAR E PRESENTED BY RACER OF THE YEAR & OVAL RACER OF THE YEAR JIMMIE JOHNSON ACE RACER RACER ACER OVAL R OVAL RACER OF THE YEAR HE YEAR THE YEAR H A OF THE YEAR E The most important people in motorsports? The fans, of course. And we believe that the most passionate and knowledgeable fans are the readers of RACER. That’s why the RACER of the Year Awards, presented by Mobil 1, LAT South are a prestigious coda to any driver’s year – it’s you I n recent years, our top readers’ choice award has been something other than overall vote was just half a percent up this year from last, although that who decide the winners. a celebration of pure achievement, as proved enough. As was the case with the RACER of the Year title went to a Rick Mears, who parlayed a long-term driver who failed to win a championship, partnership with Penske Racing into Now, for the 15th but showed extraordinary star power in doing so – Kyle Busch in ’08, for example. historic levels of Indy car success, it’s possible that Johnson’s easy-going style consecutive year, we This year, though, the top achievers contributes to an impression that his led the way, headed by the man whose phenomenal results are a bit too easy. bring you the stars of unprecedented fourth consecutive But he’s obviously winning converts. oval, road and drag racing Sprint Cup crown forced even the most zealous defenders of NASCAR’s old Fittingly, Johnson also got your vote for Oval Racer of the Year, joining a who earned your votes. guard to acknowledge his place among small and exclusive club of just two – stock car racing’s all-time greats his mentor and co-team owner Jeff Amazingly, Johnson’s share of the Gordon (1998) and Tony Stewart (2005). RACER.COM 28 MARCH 2010 029_RA0310 2/1/10 9:39 AM Once again last year, Jimmie Johnson took another gear when the Chase was on, winning four times in 10 races, as opposed PRESENTED BY to three times in the other 26. Since NASCAR started the Chase in 2004, Johnson has won 18 of 60 Chase races (30 percent), OF THE YEAR and has 23 wins in the 156 non-Chase events (15 percent). “ Four in a row is something that’s never been done before. I appreciate and respect what Jenson (Button) and Dario (Franchitti) did, and I thank the readers of RACER for their votes. We accomplished something unique, and it’s great to be recognized by RACER’s readers for that. I’m not sure how winning four consecutive titles is going to impact our performance in 2010. I haven’t been in a car since November. I can only imagine it’s going to get harder and harder as we go forward, “ but we can get better. I made mistakes; the team made mistakes. We can
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