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November 17, 2008

Bob Sr.'s Weekend Racing Highlights

NASCAR - Jimmy Johnson Wraps it Up
Homestead, FL

Driving an ultra conservative race in his #48 Chevrolet Impala, Jimmy Johnson only needed a mid-pack finish to clinch the title and he did just that winning his 3rd consecutive Sprint Championship (2006-08).

Legend Cale Yarborough is the only other NASCAR driver ever to have matched that feat (1976-78). It was a lot easier back in the day to win three in a row than it is now, the competition today is much closer by far.

Number two in Chase points, Carl Edwards didn’t let it go without a battle winning the race again. In fact he won more races this year (9), than Johnson but was still some 60 points shy of him at the end. Take nothing away from Jimmy though, his consistency was nothing short of brilliant.

Jimmy is not one of the "good ol boys" as Cale was, hard drinking, brawling, always ready to throw a punch or two. On the contrary Johnson is clean-cut, quiet, self-effacing - a popular and well-liked Champion. He is married to a gorgeous fashion model and has a magnificient apartment in Manhattan. Nothing like the typical NASCAR legend of yore. Just a nice laidback kid from El Cajon, California.
My, how things change.

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Editor's Note: Bob Sr. is my dad. He has been racing cars for almost 50 years. If he's not racing on the weekend you'll find him watching auto racing on TV. Every Monday he'll post an update with highlights and the inside scoop on the previous weekend’s big races.

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