PETTY PRESENTS JOHNSON WITH AWARD

So who gets nervous when Jimmie Johnson meets Richard Petty? Johnson? Petty? Both? Neither? Petty got a little loose at an award ceremony in Johnson's honor, but he recovered gracefully. The clip is from HBO's 24/7 Jimmie Johnson. 24/7 Jimmie Johnson Race to Daytona: Driver of the Year Award (HBO on YouTube) ...

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24/7 JIMMIE JOHNSON EPISODE 1

In case you missed it - or don't have HBO - I present episode one of "24/7 Jimmie Johnson," AKA "Behind the Music with Vanilla Nice." (I swear I am going to make that nickname stick.) 24/7 Jimmie Johnson (HBO YouTube) ...

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THE SECRET TO JIMMIE JOHNSON’S SUCCESS

 Thank you for uncovering the second-greatest NASCAR mystery of all time, LOLnascar.   Related links: Too much informationKyle's big planElvis Earnhardt Jr.You were warnedWho's the boss?Who you calling rookie?The Junior bailoutCalm down, DennyMark Martin and the InternetsBrad CauseawreckskiLa-la-la I can't hear youSay hello to my little friendThe 28-year-old virginEstrada!Another boring raceUnlike Juan Pablo Montoya, All Left Turns is beloved in SacramentoKanye interrupts Monto ...

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FIVE BEST NASCAR MOMENTS OF THE 2000S

The last ten years have produced many ups and downs in NASCAR. Here is a list of the five best moments of the decade.1. Network television contract. Prior to 2001 NASCAR had no television broadcast deal. Each individual speedway negotiated the rights to air its events. The historic 1979 Daytona 500 began an accelerated growth in popularity. Ten years later, 1989 was the first season in which every then-Winston Cup race was televised live. The 90s continued the increase in viewers and fans, and t ...

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JOHNSON IS MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Jimmie Johnson - whom I recently thought of a good nickname for - on Monday became the first driver to win the Associated Press's Male Athlete of the Year award. OK, let's take the new nickname for a spin. Vanilla Nice (see how I combined his vanilla-ness and his nice-ness there?) received 42 votes from editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of the AP. In their 78-year history of giving out the award, AP voters never thought to give Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr. or Jeff Gordon the award ...

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FOUR-TIMERS’ CLUB: JOHNSON VS. GORDON

With four straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles, the Jimmie Johnson era is upon us. While that feat is unprecedented, Johnson is not the only current driver who is a four-time champ. Johnson’s car owner, teammate and friend Jeff Gordon also has four titles and next year, no doubt, the Gordon and Johnson Drive for Five will be upon us. All of which begs the question – at least, in my head – whose four titles are the most impressive, Gordon’s or Johnson’s? Gordo ...

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AWARD SPEECH JIMMIE JOHNSON SHOULD GIVE

 Friday night at the annual NASCAR awards banquet, Jimmie Johnson will deliver a really boring speech. He'll thank his team, his family, his myriad sponsors, Rick Hendrick and Jeff Gordon. Ten seconds after it's over, people will forget that he gave a speech in the first place and the legend of the Vanilla Racer will live on. Want to punch up your image, Jimmie? Here's the speech you should give:[Standing ovation as he takes the stage to receive the championship trophy]Wow. What can I say? ...

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JIMMIE ON JAY (NOT LITERALLY)

 Jimmie, if your goal is to kick your public persona out of the vanilla zone into something a little more Chunky Monkey, "The Jay Leno Show" is not the way to go. (Was that bastion of televised Ambien Larry King not available?) Go on Letterman. Do Stern. Get Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. You gave it your best with Jay, but you didn't have much to work with. The guy is still telling Monica Lewinsky jokes. Probably. You need to get out of your comfort zone. It might mean ...

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TOP STORY NO. 14: DOUBLE-FILE RESTARTS

Every time I have an excuse to include a scene from “Swingers,” I try and do it. My editor usually removes these clips. But when you talk about doubling down and have an excuse to see Vince Vaughn when he weighed 37 pounds, we’re all big winners.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention double-file restarts, which got me thinking about doubling down, which you should always do on 11. WHAT HAPPENED?Back in June, NASCAR implemented double-file restarts for cars on the lead lap. ...

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JOHNSON MOST DOMINANT EVER? MAYBE NOT

Jimmie Johnson has won four straight Sprint Cup titles, something no other driver has done. That makes him the most dominant driver of all time during any four-year span, right? The answer is no, according to the Wall Street Journal. (Brief aside: I love the Journal. Great newspaper. But when it weighs in on NASCAR, awkward things like this tend to happen. So I take this piece with a grain of salt.)According to writer David Biderman, Johnson is not the most dominant champion in history. He added ...

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