I personally think he is already better than Dale Earnhardt. When it is all said and done I think you could make a very strong case for him as the best NASCAR driver of all time.
Agreed. The cheating thing is dumb. Auto racing was built on exploiting gray areas in the rule book and Chad Knaus can exploit them better than just about anyone else. It's especially impressive considering how restrictive the rules are these days. He's a bright dude.I try to not to get too wrapped up in the who's best all time stuff. Of course, to me, Dale was, because he was my favorite. But the argument on who's number 1 can be argued for any of those top guys. There are so many variables from the different eras, it's hard to say. For me, the fact that Jimmie has hit that win column, means he's in the same group as those guys, and that's good company to be in. Jimmie is one of the greats, regardless of whether anyone likes him or not. The cheater thing is a joke. Every guy who's ever been successful in Nascar has played in the gray area. Waltrip talks in his book about the stuff they used to do to get an advantage. It's just part of it. Congrats to Jimmie on hitting that mark, and looking forward to seeing how many more he can pile on.
You're right about that. I remember when Jeff Gordon hit 76, listening to people boo him on tv. As an Earnhardt fan, I thought it was very cool that he took the time to pay tribute to Dale. It was Jeff's moment, just as yesterday was Jimmie's, but both took the time to show some respect to Dale. It was class on both their parts, and I appreciated what they did. The debate stuff isn't worth having when you get into that club of having that many wins and championships. It's a lot more fun for me enjoying the moment of what these guys accomplish then sitting around booing them and trying to say who is better. Everyone's got their opinions on who's best, I know I do, and that's cool, but some of the fans that get into the negativity of acting like Jimmie or Jeff are assholes because they had the audacity to win more than Dale. Guys don't get to 76 wins and 6 championships because they suck, got lucky, cheated the whole way, or just have better equipment. At some point, people will have to realize that Jimmie Johnson is one of the greatest to wheel a stock car. And they will eventually, just like they did Jeff.Jimmie could win 36 races a year in a BK racing car with Tony Stewarts Pig as his crew chief and there would be fans still not allowing a comparison to Earnhardt... itsjust not something people wanna think about. and its not just Johnson. Gordon got the same thing. im sure earnahrdt got it when compared to Petty back in the day as well. no one wants to think there heroes can be surpassed.
A lot of people, including myself, said the same thing about Jeff Gordon back in the late 90's. Then he did. A great driver/crew chief combo is always part of the equation. That's why it's a team effort. But, yes, I think he could. Would there be a learning curve like there was with Jeff? Sure, but he'd adjust.Could Jimmie Johnson win with a different crew chief?
Fair point. It is interesting when you look at those stats when you see.I think we've gotten to the point where measuring a driver's ability based on championships is becoming meaningless because of the Chase in its current form. I still think race wins, top 5s and top 10s (raw data, not arbitrary points) is the best way to determine who is best. The title now is a bigger crapshoot than restrictor plate races.
Crew chiefs matter of course, but i don't think Chad was the one wheeling that car in Atlanta on those worn tires. Jimmie flat out knows how to drive a racecar. People spin it that Chad does everything, but you need a capable guy behind the wheel to utilize what you've done.Could Jimmie Johnson win with a different crew chief?