So five-time is now a four-time All-Star race winner. I know NASCAR fans don't want to hear it, but Jimmie Johnson is truly one of the best NASCAR drivers, no just of our generation, but of all-time. His numbers are truely stunning. But don't ask Jimmie about it.
"Truthfully I don't think it's a question that I'm to answer," said Johnson. "I still have a lot of years left in my career, and that's something that the public, the mass, that's what other people come up with."
Okay, let's look at the numbers. In just 13 seasons he has five championships, third all-time and just two behind leaders Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Johnson is eighth on the all-time win list and second among active drivers. And probably most impressive his worst finish in the points standing is sixth.
"I don't think it's right for me to sit here and say, hey, I'm this guy, I'm the guy or anything in between," said Johnson. "Very proud of what I've accomplished, but I still feel like there's a lot left I can do in this sport, and I'll work hard to do that."
That's obvious. It could be very easy for Johnson to sit back and enjoy his successes, and his five-titles. But you can tell, every win means a lot to him, including one that is not about points and only about bragging rights.
"It's incredible, especially in the way we had to go about it tonight," said Johnson.
Even with all he has accomplished, Johnson also understands that people are just not going to like him because of the success he has had. To be honest, the same happened to Petty and Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon and on and on.
"People just want to hate. That's fine. That's fine," said Johnson. "I'm just lucky. NASCAR rigs the races and whatever they want to believe. I'm going home with a cool trophy and a big check and we all really know what happened. So whatever."
And whatever you think of Johnson, the book is not finished. so if you don't like him, I have bad news, there are more chapters to be written. It's only gonna get worse for you, cause he's only going to get better in the eyes of history.
"When I'm old and sit in a rocking chair hopefully people think highly of what I've done and give me a tip of the hat."