Jimmie Johnson named NASCAR.com's Cup driver of the year

12/28/09 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

With four championships in a row, Jimmie Johnson should have been a shoe-in for NASCAR.com's annual Driver of the year award, but although he won the title, it wasn't by unanimous decision.

Columnists David Caraveillo and Dave Rodman thought Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Stewart, respectively, deserved the honor.  Honestly, I'm inclined to believe that drivers other than those two, even, deserved some consideration. 

As was pointed out throughout the year, Jimmie Johnson isn't the only driver who could have set a record by winning this championship.  Tony Stewart was running as both a driver and an owner.  No one, since Alan Kulwicki did it in 1992, has accomplished that feat.  Juan Pablo Montoya is Columbian, and proudly so.  Mark Martin is 50 years old, and racing full time after his return from retirement.  Jeff Gordon has won four championships and was gunning for his fifth.

In the end though, the writers at NASCAR.com considered all that Jimmie Johnson accomplished this year, and awaded him the title, by a score of 6-2. 

You can read the results for yourself, but my question to you, the NASCAR fans and writers of FanIQ, Who would be your choice for NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver of the year?
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