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NASCAR’s Greatest: Jimmie Johnson Edges Out “The King” Richard Petty

It might be a little early to award Jimmie Johnson his fifth straight Cup Series Championship. Only five races in, Johnson is not even leading the standings. He's currently third going into Martinsville. Yet, that ties his best ranking after five races since his championship run began in 2006. Some might even consider it a bigger stretch to crown him the best all-time among NASCAR's elite. But the numbers prove it. Or, more accurately, the projection of his numbers prove it. His 50 victories tie him for ninth place all-time and second among active drivers trailing teammate and car owner Jeff Gordon.  At 16.9 percent, Johnson's "winning percentage" is identical to Richard Petty's.  If the measure of success is championships, then ...

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