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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).

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                          PRESENTED
                              BY                            RACER OF THE YEAR &
                                                            OVAL RACER OF THE YEAR

                                                            JIMMIE JOHNSON
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               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).

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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
                                                                           
								
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