Bests and worsts of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season

Tuesday November 19th, 2013
Clint Bowyer's spin at Richmond in September ignited a cheating scandal and changed the Chase field.
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Best driver ... of all time?: That is the question they are asking about Jimmie Johnson, who is now only one championship behind the record of seven titles accumulated by both Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. It is always difficult to compare accomplishments from different eras, but there seems to be no doubt that Johnson is at least in the top five all-time (along with David Pearson and Jeff Gordon). Give Johnson 10 to 15 more wins (he currently has 66 in his career) and one more title, and he very well might become known as the greatest driver in NASCAR history.

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