Matt Kenseth compared Jimmie Johnson’s status in NASCAR to that of seven-time SuperBowl champion Tom Brady.
Johnson, too, boasts a record-equalling seven-time Cup Series championship. He decided to retire from full-time Cup racing after the 2020 season and focus on his IndyCar career.
Speaking about the legendary former No. 48 driver, Kenseth is of the opinion that there will not be another one to match his records.
“I don’t think there will ever be another one. Anybody that’s done what he’s done, you know. Jimmie Johnson, I kind of put him in the same league kind of as Tom Brady, especially for what he’s done in this modern day and age,” Kenseth said.
“So I don’t know if there will be another one, he’s a unique guy. I’d say there are a lot of records that will never get broken again. Winning whatever it was five in a row, won seven total, and all that stuff.”
Another driver within the Hendrick Motorsports rank who might not match Johnson’s record but have a successful career of his own is 2020 Champion Chase Elliott. In winning last year’s championship, Elliott became the third-youngest champion.
“Obviously I think Chase Elliott is really, really good. It’s pretty neat that he’s following his dad’s footsteps. Young guy, can get it done on and off the racetrack, so I think Chase has a real bright future,” Kenseth said about the No. 9 driver.