NASCAR Needed Danica, Not Jimmie

NASCAR Needed Danica, Not Jimmie

DAYTONA BEACH — Jimmie Johnson might go down as the greatest stock-car driver to ever zip up a fire suit.

He is the only driver in history to ever win five straight championships.

He became only the 10th driver in history Sunday to win multiple Daytona 500s.

He is the most dominant dynasty in American sports.

He is Tiger Woods in his heyday — without the porn stars and pancake waitresses.

Sadly, though, Johnson's victory Sunday in the Great American Race was more like the Great American Bummer. Yet another victory in the Dulltona 500 by this classy, unassuming superstar is exactly what NASCAR didn't need.

More than ever, in the wake of Saturday's ghastly crash that injured dozens of fans in the Nationwide race, NASCAR desperately needed this to be the Danica 500. Nothing against Johnson, but a historic victory by the GoDaddy girl — Danica Patrick — is the only thing that could have helped put a happy face on an otherwise horrific weekend.

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