With seven Championship to his name, Jimmie Johnson has rightfully earned his place among the greatest Cup Series drivers.
He is frequently talked upon in the same bracket as Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty. All three drivers have the same number of championships. However, as for the Hendrick Motorsports driver, he doesn’t see himself as great as the two drivers. He said:
“I spent some time studying up to this night and fortunately could find Dale Earnhardt’s acceptance speech. Dale Sr said, ‘I might have won as many championships as Richard Petty. But he will always be the king’. I completely agree and must say, I might have won as many championships as Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. But I will never be The King or The Intimidator.”
Whether he is the Greatest of All Time or not is up for debate but no active driver is close to the feat that he has achieved in his career.
Set to retire from full-time Cup racing after the 2020 finale at Phoenix Raceway, Johnson will always be fondly remembered as one of the greatest drivers in the sport.