Jimmie Johnson

NASCAR Sprint Unlimited: What we learned in Daytona

Denny Hamlin wins a wild one to open NASCAR's 2014 season
Rundown and reaction from the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.

Denny Hamlin is loaded for bear. The winner of the 2013 season finale in Homestead, Fla., Hamlin won all three segments of Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway in an event that unofficially kicked off NASCAR’s 2014 season.

NASCAR Media Roundtable: Is Jimmie Johnson's reign comparable to any the sport has seen?

The fourth in a nine-part feature addressing the biggest issues in NASCAR entering 2014
Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 team has won six of the last eight Sprint Cup championships. In a day when parity in professional sports is not merely encouraged but is the norm, is this team’s sustained success comparable to anything ever seen in NASCAR?

Each day from mid-February through late November, a small band of motorsports journalists work nearly around the clock — this being the digital age — to keep rabid NASCAR fans as up-to-the-second informed as possible. Many of these media members are ensconced in the sport’s “traveling circus,” working in garage areas, media centers and pressboxes nearly 40 weeks a year. So who better to go to for a “state of the sport” talk than them?

NASCAR's Greatest: Petty, Earnhardt ... or Johnson?

Analyzing whether Jimmie Johnson belongs in the G.O.A.T. conversation with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt
Athlon Sports contributor Vito Pugliese dissects the argument that Jimmie Johnson belongs in the conversation with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as NASCAR's greatest driver.

By winning a sixth Sprint Cup Series championship, Jimmie Johnson has crept into the “greatest NASCAR driver” conversation with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. It’s hard to argue with Johnson’s stats: six titles in eight years; never finishing lower than sixth in the standings since his full-time arrival in 2002; one title away from tying Petty and Earnhardt; 66 career wins, which currently find him eighth all-time — trailing Earnhardt’s 76 and within striking distance of Hall of Famers Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison.

Jimmie Johnson, with little flare, just keeps on winning in NASCAR

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Four things we learned following Jimmie Johnson's sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in Homestead, Fla.

When I think of Jimmie Johnson and Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup championship performance, I’m reminded of a simple analogy Rick Hendrick brought up after the race.

“I like to use the Parcells quote,” the winning car owner said. “You are what your record says you are.”

Johnson, Kenseth, Harvick to Settle NASCAR Championship in Homestead

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five storylines to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit visits Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400.

1. Face the facts: Cup championship is Johnson’s to lose  Jimmie Johnson
There’s a good share of NASCAR fans who probably aren’t too happy with what’s coming Sunday afternoon with the sport’s five-time champion, Jimmie Johnson, on the verge of making it six — all in a span of nine years.

NASCAR Numbers Game: 6 Amazing Stats for Homestead

David Smith crunches the numbers to reveal some telling stats for the Ford EcoBoost 400
David Smith crunches the numbers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' finale, the EcoBoost Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Matt Kenseth needs a miracle. For starters, he must run beyond his 13.8-place average finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, but a little luck in the name of a bad Jimmie Johnson outing would be the supplemental boost needed to overcome a 28-point deficit and win his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.  Matt Kenseth

Harvick wins Phoenix, Johnson pulls away in NASCAR title race

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Phoenix International Raceway
Four things we learned following Kevin Harvick's win in NASCAR's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

If Jimmie Johnson wins his sixth NASCAR Spring Cup championship, Phoenix will have been its defining moment. It’s not over until the fat lady sings, of course, but the next six days sure feel like a coronation with his No. 48 needing to finish just 23rd or better at Homestead. It’s a well-deserved top story for a driver that has dominated Sprint Cup racing for the past decade.

Johnson, Kenseth take NASCAR Chase battle to Phoenix

Geoffrey Miller's Five Things to Watch at Phoenix International Speedway
Geoffrey Miller highlights the five storylines to watch as the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit visits Phoenix International Raceway for the AdvoCare 500.

1. Johnson hopes for no Phoenix repeat  Jimmie Johnson
There’s plenty in Jimmie Johnson’s career that the five-time champion would love to repeat. Championships, Daytona 500 wins and beating other drivers in side-by-side duels all probably make the cut.

But Johnson’s race at Phoenix International Raceway a year ago this week? Well, that’s one result that is awfully forgettable.

NASCAR's Top 10 Phoenix Finishes

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Phoenix International Raceway

Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best fantasy options for the AdvoCare 500 in Phoenix
Geoffrey Miller breaks down the best Fantasy NASCAR picks for the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

To help guide you through the 2013 Fantasy NASCAR season, Athlon Sports contributor Geoffrey Miller will be offering his best predictions for each race. And because Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing game is arguably the most popular, he’ll break down the picks according to its Sprint Cup Series driver classes — A-List, B-List, C-List. The main picks are designed to make optimal use of Yahoo!’s nine-start maximum rule over the course of the season.

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