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CUP: Johnson A Great Role Model For Racing

The more I see of Jimmie Johnson – and I’ve been seeing a lot of him lately on almost every TV news channel – the more impressed I am by him.Understand, Johnson’s national exposure is nothing new. This is the fifth consecutive season in which he represents NASCAR as its champion.But it almost seems that Jimmie is just now finally – almost grudgingly – being appreciated for what he truly is: A great driver and a splendid representative of his sport. He’s NASCAR’s Mr. Perfect.Nobody, not even the most rabid Hendrick Motorports detractors, can deny that Johnson ranks high among the greatest drivers ever to buckle on a helmet. No driver in NASCAR history ever put together a five-year string to equal Jimmie’s.He has won five straight titles during a period in which there are more good drivers in the field – top to bottom – than at any time in NASCAR history.Johnson’s talent and ability are indisputable.About the only thing critics can criticize is Johnson’s persona, which is as impeccable a...

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