Heated NASCAR Debate Involving Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon & Jimmie Johnson Ensues After Controversial Take

Published 06/23/2022, 1:25 PM EDT
DARLINGTON, SC – MARCH 15: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo, waits in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 on March 15, 2003 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson, Richard Petty, and Jeff Gordon are three names that anyone who knows about NASCAR has heard. In fact, you don’t even have to be a fan to know their names. They are what Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, and Ayrton Senna are to Formula one. Or, what Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal are to tennis.

CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 22: 2019 Jeff Gordon (L) smiles while chatting with Richard Petty during the NASCAR 2020 Hall of Fame announcement ceremony at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 22, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jason Miczek/Getty Images)

However, fans frequently argue about which one is better than the other. And, NASCAR Spotter Brett Griffin argued that David Pearson is better than Richard Petty.

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The fans had some things to say about this. However, the important one is where one fan said Jeff Gordon was better than Richard Petty.

However, Brett Griffin had a completely different opinion. In fact, he thinks the seven-time cup series champion, Jimmie Johnson, is a better driver than Jeff Gordon. And, he explained, that Johnson performed better than the Hendrick Motorsports’ Vice Chairman in the same cars.

However, something that might come as a shock to some people is that Jeff Gordon is the reason Jimmie Johnson landed a ride with Hendrick Motorsports.

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An episode of “You Kids Don’t Know” by NASCAR on FOX talked about Jimmie Johnson. And a very fascinating thing came up as Kevin Harvick revealed how Jimmie Johnson got a seat at Hendrick Motorsports.

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Harvick said, “A lot of people forget why Jimmie Johnson got hired. And that was because Jeff Gordon saw his incredible car control at Darlington one day.”

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DARLINGTON, SC – MARCH 15: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo, waits in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 on March 15, 2003 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

In the end, it’s interesting how every driver is unique in their own way. And, is certainly fun to put many drivers against each other. However, do you also think Jimmie Johnson is better than Jeff Gordon?

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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