NASCAR’s Top 12


Winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in 2008 is Hendrick Motor Sport’s #48 Jimmy Johnson. This is Jimmy’s third Championship in a row! That has only been done once in the history of NASCAR racing. Cale Yarborough accomplished the feat thirty years ago. Jimmy is good at this new Chase system.  The last ten tracks that make up the Chase are at his best tracks. In my opinion he will win every Championship until NASCAR figures out they need to change which tracks are in the chase.

Dale Jarrett says he’s one of the good guys. And he’s my Grandson Trystan’s favorite! Like him or not, with the help of his crew chief Chad Knaus, he knows how to race and win Championships.

Jimmy started the season 27th at Daytona. And after five races was only in 13th place in the points. But by the end of the year he had 7 wins, fifteen top 5’s, twenty-two top tens and six poles.

This is Jimmy’s fifth appearance in the Chase. The only other driver to do that is Rouch Fenway Racing’s #17 Matt Kenseth. But Jimmy shines in those last ten races like no one else. In 2008 Kyle Busch had eight wins heading into the Chase. That put him on top of the points and Jimmy only in third with only four wins.

However, in the chase, he had three wins, six top fives and seven top tens. Jimmy’s worst finishes were at Texas and Homestead Miami, where he finished fifteenth! He won at Kansas, Martinsville and Phoenix. That gave him seven wins for the season. Less than Kyle, but he won the races that counted. Jimmy will be a contender for the Championship for many years to come.

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