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Is Jimmie Johnson Really the Best or Just Good at Playing the Chase?

Jimmie Johnson has gotten used to making history. In 2007 when Johnson won his second consecutive championship, he joined a short list of five drivers to have won the Cup in back-to-back years. A year later, 2008, he joined Cale Yarborough as one of two drivers that have won three consecutive titles. But as of 2009 he has the record book to himself, becoming the only man to win four consecutive championships. Not since Dale Earnhardt won six titles in nine years has anyone been this dominate. It begs the question: Should Jimmie Johnson be considered among the best, or do he and crew chief Chad Knaus know how to play the Chase system? As Mark Twain is quoted - "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."  If average ...

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