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November 20, 2009
As he nears his fourth consecutive championship, Jimmie Johnson says he thinks about the time when he and Rick Hendrick tried to convince Lowe's executives that he could win a race. And when Jeff Gordon took a chance in 2000 on a middle-of-the-pack Busch Series driver looking for a Cup ride, with no hard evidence that this driver was any good. Even Johnson is in awe of what he has accomplished, entering Sunday's race with a 108-point lead. "It makes me really proud of what's gone on," Johnson said.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | February 15, 2012
Every driver is motivated. Every one believes he has a shot. Everybody is excited. That's all hunky-dory. The 2012 NASCAR season has yet to start and the optimistic rumble from the garages always precedes the realistic rumble on the track, when the usual suspects rise to the top and the pretenders finish 28th or worse every week. It's not hard to predict which guys will be chasing NASCAR championships in 2012: Defending champion Tony Stewart has huge momentum after a thunderous finish in 2011.
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September 15, 2011
Johnson proven winner Shawn Courchesne Hartford Courant Kyle Busch? Brad Keselowski? Jeff Gordon? Kevin Harvick? No, no, no and no. Sure, it has become the fashionable thing to pick against Jimmie Johnson when it comes to the NASCAR Chase for the Championship. Here's a tip: Don't do it. Until Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team don't win the championship, it's impossible not to predict them to win it all. After five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, the Hendrick team has proved its has mastered the 10-race NASCAR playoff format.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | October 5, 2011
There are two ways this can go for Jimmie Johnson: He will either be celebrating his sixth consecutive NASCAR title, or … The other possibility is obvious after some bouncy finishes of late — perhaps there is a flicker of self-doubt in the usually resilient and reliable driver of the Lowe's No. 48. Johnson is fifth in the points standings — only 13 points behind leader Kevin Harvick — and hasn't won since April. He's in some in-between world right now, not dominating but not out of it. So where do we go from here?
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November 19, 2010
Hamlin needs earplugs George Diaz Orlando Sentinel Denny Hamlin has the car. He has the speed. He has the skills. The only question is whether he has tone-deaf hearing. That's what it's going to take to win a NASCAR Cup Championship on Sunday in Homestead. Hamlin is going to have to block out the pesky voice in his head. The voice belongs to Jimmie Johnson. For days now, Johnson has been taking jabs at Hamlin, making sure he feels the pressure of trying to hang on to a 15-point lead.
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November 20, 2009
Shake up the system Barry Stavro Los Angeles Times The problem with the Chase is it rewards consistency, not wins. A driver can win the title without winning any of the 10 Chase races. How to fix this? Easy. Keep the first five races on its current Byzantine points system, with a certain number of points for winning the race, finishing second, third, etc., plus extra points for the number of laps in the lead, and so on. Then shake things up in the second half: Each of the final five Chase races gets a bigger share of points to award, and they are loaded to the driver who wins each race, with dramatically reduced points awarded for finishing second, third, laps led, etc. Then make the final race the most valuable by having it worth three-to-four times more points than any other Chase race.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | October 5, 2011
There are two ways this can go for Jimmie Johnson: He will either be celebrating his sixth consecutive NASCAR title, or … The other possibility is obvious after some bouncy finishes of late — perhaps there is a flicker of self-doubt in the usually resilient and reliable driver of the Lowe's No. 48. Johnson is fifth in the points standings — only 13 points behind leader Kevin Harvick — and hasn't won since April. He's in some in-between world right now, not dominating but not out of it. So where do we go from here?
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By Tania Ganguli | April 21, 2010
You had to wonder, watching Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon bang into each other Monday, how much that had to do with the smoldering rivalry between the former protégé and his erstwhile teacher. What happened between Johnson and Gordon at Texas Motor Speedway was nothing more or less significant than, as they say, a racing incident. But the four-time champions don't often speak publicly about their annoyance with each other. With 94 laps to go in Monday's race, coming off Turn 4, Gordon and Johnson bumped and banged their cars, each annoying the other.
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By Jim Peltz and Tribune Newspapers | November 16, 2009
Turns out Jimmie Johnson was right about the lightning. After suffering an unexpected crash a week earlier that slowed his bid for yet another NASCAR Sprint Cup title, Johnson said "I don't think lightning can strike two weeks in a row." And it didn't. Johnson won the next-to-last race of the season Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, just as he did in 2007 and 2008, to all but clinch the Cup title ahead of the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida next Sunday.
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By Tania Ganguli and Tania Ganguli,The Orlando Sentinel | November 1, 2009
TALLADEGA, Ala. - -It was with this racetrack in mind that the No. 48 team built its lead throughout NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. Everybody knows anything can happen at Talladega. A team's championship chances can end here, lost in the wreckage of a massive accident, as they did for Carl Edwards last season. Four races remain in the Chase. And this weekend, the Sprint Cup Series will be run at Talladega Superspeedway, a track known for its big unpredictable wrecks, where driver ability and team quality means less than in most places.
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September 15, 2011
Johnson proven winner Shawn Courchesne Hartford Courant Kyle Busch? Brad Keselowski? Jeff Gordon? Kevin Harvick? No, no, no and no. Sure, it has become the fashionable thing to pick against Jimmie Johnson when it comes to the NASCAR Chase for the Championship. Here's a tip: Don't do it. Until Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team don't win the championship, it's impossible not to predict them to win it all. After five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, the Hendrick team has proved its has mastered the 10-race NASCAR playoff format.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | September 14, 2011
The Hendrick Motorsports empire will celebrate its sixth consecutive Sprint Cup title in November. One person will be conspicuously absent: Jimmie Johnson. The five-time champion will finally be dethroned, not by any of his archrivals named Busch or anybody else. His good friend and teammate Jeff Gordon is going to bring him down. And so it is written. In his own words, Gordon is "rejuvenated" after three regular-season victories, including a thrilling run at Atlanta Motor Speedway in which he held off a furious charge from Johnson in the last 10 laps.
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November 19, 2010
Hamlin needs earplugs George Diaz Orlando Sentinel Denny Hamlin has the car. He has the speed. He has the skills. The only question is whether he has tone-deaf hearing. That's what it's going to take to win a NASCAR Cup Championship on Sunday in Homestead. Hamlin is going to have to block out the pesky voice in his head. The voice belongs to Jimmie Johnson. For days now, Johnson has been taking jabs at Hamlin, making sure he feels the pressure of trying to hang on to a 15-point lead.
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By Tania Ganguli | June 30, 2010
Something both extraordinary and perfectly ordinary for the last five years happened during NASCAR's last two races. Jimmie Johnson won back-to-back and erased all questions about his team's ability. He thrust himself out of a supposed slump with his first victory on Infineon Raceway's road course and another triumph last weekend in Loudon, N.H. Just like that, Johnson has five victories and is tied with Denny Hamlin for the Chase bonus-point lead. Once again Johnson, even though he doesn't lead the points standings, is the favorite in the Sprint Cup series.
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By Tania Ganguli | April 21, 2010
You had to wonder, watching Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon bang into each other Monday, how much that had to do with the smoldering rivalry between the former protégé and his erstwhile teacher. What happened between Johnson and Gordon at Texas Motor Speedway was nothing more or less significant than, as they say, a racing incident. But the four-time champions don't often speak publicly about their annoyance with each other. With 94 laps to go in Monday's race, coming off Turn 4, Gordon and Johnson bumped and banged their cars, each annoying the other.
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By Tania Ganguli and Tribune Newspapers | November 23, 2009
It will take some time for the magnitude of what Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team accomplished at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday to sink in for the men who made it happen. But Johnson knows it's big. Johnson, 34, won an unprecedented fourth consecutive championship. He joined Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. as the only drivers to win at least four championships and broke a tie with Cale Yarborough, who won three consecutive championships. Johnson won seven races in 2009.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | February 15, 2012
Every driver is motivated. Every one believes he has a shot. Everybody is excited. That's all hunky-dory. The 2012 NASCAR season has yet to start and the optimistic rumble from the garages always precedes the realistic rumble on the track, when the usual suspects rise to the top and the pretenders finish 28th or worse every week. It's not hard to predict which guys will be chasing NASCAR championships in 2012: Defending champion Tony Stewart has huge momentum after a thunderous finish in 2011.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | September 14, 2011
The Hendrick Motorsports empire will celebrate its sixth consecutive Sprint Cup title in November. One person will be conspicuously absent: Jimmie Johnson. The five-time champion will finally be dethroned, not by any of his archrivals named Busch or anybody else. His good friend and teammate Jeff Gordon is going to bring him down. And so it is written. In his own words, Gordon is "rejuvenated" after three regular-season victories, including a thrilling run at Atlanta Motor Speedway in which he held off a furious charge from Johnson in the last 10 laps.
SPORTS
November 20, 2009
Shake up the system Barry Stavro Los Angeles Times The problem with the Chase is it rewards consistency, not wins. A driver can win the title without winning any of the 10 Chase races. How to fix this? Easy. Keep the first five races on its current Byzantine points system, with a certain number of points for winning the race, finishing second, third, etc., plus extra points for the number of laps in the lead, and so on. Then shake things up in the second half: Each of the final five Chase races gets a bigger share of points to award, and they are loaded to the driver who wins each race, with dramatically reduced points awarded for finishing second, third, laps led, etc. Then make the final race the most valuable by having it worth three-to-four times more points than any other Chase race.
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November 20, 2009
As he nears his fourth consecutive championship, Jimmie Johnson says he thinks about the time when he and Rick Hendrick tried to convince Lowe's executives that he could win a race. And when Jeff Gordon took a chance in 2000 on a middle-of-the-pack Busch Series driver looking for a Cup ride, with no hard evidence that this driver was any good. Even Johnson is in awe of what he has accomplished, entering Sunday's race with a 108-point lead. "It makes me really proud of what's gone on," Johnson said.
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