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OF THE YEAR
BY RACER OF THE YEAR &
OVAL RACER OF THE YEAR
ACER OVAL R
OF THE YEAR
H A OF THE YEAR
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,
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).
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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 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