November 12, 2008
Tale of the Tape's Brant James sizes up two drivers who have won three straight Cup titles.
Jimmie Johnson
Cale Yarborough
El Cajon, Calif. Timmonsville, S.C.
Sept. 7, 1975 March 27, 1939
Humble Beginnings
Dad was a truck driver, mother a school bus driver Grew up on a tobacco farm
Best Competition
Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon Richard Petty, the Allisons
Wins During Three-Peat Run
22 of 107 (before Sunday; 21 percent) 28 of 90 (31 percent)
Famous Car Owner
Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon Junior Johnson
Fashion Trend
The word "Johnson" embroidered on the belt of his fire suit. Charlotte: Cowboy shirts, straw hat
Offseason Adventure
Thrown off a golf cart, breaking a bone in his wrist, while joy-riding a golf cart at a celebrity event in Florida in 2006 The abandoned hotel he was bunking in during a USO Tour stop in Vietnam in 1968 was attacked by the Viet Cong
Remembers 1976 For ...
Doing much better eating his strained peas Wins his first of three straight titles

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