NASCAR POLL: Is Jimmie Johnson the best driver ever?

Jimmie Johnson is only one Cup short of tying Richard Petty's and Dale Earnhardt's record. Is he the best of all time?
Jimmie Johnson is only one Cup short of tying Richard Petty’s and Dale Earnhardt’s record. Is he the best of all time?

You all know the drill. The days of one driver dominating the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are over as we were entering the 21st century. NASCAR has plenty of quality teams that were well-funded. Rules changes helped turn NASCAR into the NFL on wheels. Parity was supposed to rule.

Yet, today as Jimmie Johnson now 38, prepares for the Brickyard 400, he’s regarded as the best stock car driver in the world. What’s left to debate is his place in history.

To some who have covered this sport since the 1960’s he is as good if not better than “The King,” Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

As matter of fact Johnson could added two or maybe three more NASCAR Championships to his resume before he hangs up the helmet.

Not bad for a driver from Southern California — not considered a breeding ground for NASCAR talent at the time — got a ride in the Busch (now Nationwide) Series. Six years later, he started a string of five consecutive Sprint Cup titles and six in eight years. He’s one short of matching Richard Petty’s record for Cup series titles and he could pick that up this year.

So come on Sports Talk Florida NASCAR fans leave a comment on the page. Who is the best of all time?

Is it Jimmie Johnson, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt or someone else?