The 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup review

The 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup review

NASCAR's top tier was once again all about Jimmie Johnson. There were challenges from the likes of Mark Martin, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon, but #48 made it four in a row. Charles Bradley explains how

Another year, another title for Jimmie Johnson. This time he rewrote the record book, as he broke free from his Cale Yarborough-tying three back-to-back titles to add a fourth consecutive success. This sets him apart from anyone in NASCAR's 61-year history.

In an environment as harsh as NASCAR – with its 36-race season, 43-car grids and 10-race play-off Chase for the Championship – the way Johnson, his crew chief Chad Knaus and Hendrick Motorsports team can make winning it look so routine is astounding. He is now level on number of titles with team-mate, mentor and car co-owner Jeff Gordon, and chasing hard after Richard Petty's and the late Dale Earnhardt's record tally of seven Cup crowns.

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