Jimmie Johnson can stand a little taller today as it was announced by the Associated Press that Jimmie Johnson is the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. This is great for NASCAR and all of the competitors and the industry as a whole to have one of there own recognized in such a manner. After 78 years of racing a NASCAR racer has finally been recognized as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the year.
It’s about time that NASCAR racers are recognized for the skill, strength, stamina and mental will power it takes to get behind the wheel of a race car. The speeds at which the races are conducted require a driver to have split second timing and amazing hand to eye coordination to survive. Race car drives also need to have nerves of steel and a fearless attitude toward danger at times. This doesn’t mean that they laugh at danger and death, just that they have to be able to disassociate the emotions they feel, from the driving they have to do on the track.
The editors must have liked him because Jimmie received 42 votes from Associated Press editors, while Roger Federer only received 30 votes, and the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt received 29.
There are probably a few track and field fans and tennis fans that are wondering what the editors were thinking when they voted for Jimmie Johnson, instead of Roger Federer or Usain Bolt. They should take the time to watch Jimmie Johnson race next year and they would have a better understanding of what it took for Jimmie to win four straight Sprint Cup Series Championships. Jimmie Johnson’s feat is every bit as amazing as the tennis feats of Roger Federer or the sprinting of Usain Bolt and in many ways may exceed the accomplishments of both athletes. This is of course a matter of opinion, but once you get behind the wheel of a race car and get out on a track you’ll understand much better the accomplishments of Jimmie Johnson.
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