NASCAR has had a stellar decade that has seen three different racers achieve the ultimate in the Sprint Cup Series by winning the yearly championship in one of the fastest sports on the planet. The only question at the end of the decade is which driver has been the best and should be considered the best NASCAR racer of the decade. Every Joe has their own opinion about which driver has had the best decade of the NASCAR champions that won during the past decade. The front runner is certainly Jimmie Johnson and his four Sprint Cup Series Championships, including three consecutive Sprint Cup Series Championships in 2006, 2007, 2008, but are there any other NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors who deserve to be considered as the most successful Sprint Cup Series Champion of the decade.
Jeff Gordon hasn’t won since winning the Sprint Cup Series Championship in 2001. He has had a good year and currently sits eighth in the Sprint Cup Series standings with just the last eight races left in the Chase. He still has a chance to win the 2009 Sprint Cup Series Championship, but he needs to really put the pedal to the medal in the last few races of the 2009 Sprint Cup season, if he wants to take his second Sprint Cup Series Championship of the decade.
Tony Stewart won two Sprint Cup Series Championships in the decade, in 2002 and 2005, but currently sits fifth in the Chase standings and has a little work to do if he wants to win in 2009. He has had a fast car all year, despite a few problems staying consistent and I expect the last eight races to bring out the best in him. He’s the only Sprint Cup Series competitor during the decade that’s even close to catching Johnson and he’s two championships away from matching Jimmie in the decade.
The only other Sprint Cup Series racer that has won during the decade is Matt Kenseth in 2003. Matt didn’t make it to the Chase this year and is watching as twelve racers he had hoped to beat this year are racing for the ultimate prize in NASCAR. This should fuel his fire for next year and give Matt a reason to come out and let it all hang loose on the track. He’s a long shot to be considered for the Sprint Cup Series racer of the decade but will certainly get a few votes.
Every Joe out there has their opinion about this subject and opinions will be flying around the paddock as always about who should be considered the best Sprint Cup Series racer of the decade. Let me know what you think?
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