The Next Dale Earnhardt?
Mike Bianchi over at The Orlando Sentinel wrote an article last week claiming that Jimmie Johnson is the next Dale Earnhardt.
Well Iâ€™ve got news for you Mr. Bianchi. There is no next Dale Earnhardt â€“ and there never will be. Dale Earnhardt was one of those men who only come around once in history.
Dale Earnhardt Jr is not the next Dale Earnhardt. Kyle Busch is not the next Dale Earnhardt. And Jimmie Johnson certainly is not the next Dale Earnhardt.
Mr. Bianchi goes on to say that â€œfor nearly a decade now, NASCAR fans have been waiting for the second coming of Dale Earnhardt.â€ Most true hard-core fans recognize that Dale cannot and will not ever be replaced on or off the track.
Is Jimmie Johnson the greatest thing NASCAR fans have seen since Dale Earnhardt? Thatâ€™s what Mr. Bianchi would have you believe. Johnson has a long, long way to go to prove that statement to most NASCAR fans.
According to Mr. Bianchi, â€œJohnson will win the championship at the end of the year.â€ That may happen, but even then Jimmie Johnson will be 2 championships behind Dale Earnhardt.
How many different crew chiefs did Dale Earnhardt win Championships with? Iâ€™d like to see how many races Jimmie Johnson would win without Chad Knaus.
And Jimmie Johnson will never be the man that Dale Earnhardt was off the track. Dale helped a lot of people in a lot of ways. Some like Wessa Miller you will hear about. Some you will never hear about.
Mr. Bianchi was wrong when he said that we â€œmight as well put the No. 3 on Jimmie Johnson’s car.â€ Johnson has not earned the right to drive that number.
What do you think? Is Jimmie Johnson the next Dale Earnhardt?
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