“The Best Stock Car Driver to Ever Live” – NASCAR Spotter Brett Griffin Puts Hendrick Motorsports Legend Jimmie Johnson Ahead of Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt

Published 05/24/2022, 10:00 AM EDT
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 01: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Throwback Chevrolet, walks on stage during driver intros for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 01, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Yes, Jimmie Johnson is inarguably one of the greatest racecar drivers in the history of racecar driving. After all, he has seven NASCAR Cup Series titles under his belt, tied alongside Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

But would you go as far as to say that the former Hendrick Motorsports driver is the best of the best? Because NASCAR spotter Brett Griffin certainly did.

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“I want to go to the Indy500 and the reason I would want to go this year, solely to go this year would be to watch Jimmie Johnson,” Griffin said in a recent episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast. “I think he may end up with a chance of winning this race.”

“The way this race plays out and the way I’ve seen the Kurt Buschs of the world go out up there without the experience in those cars that Jimmie’s had, and I think he’s probably, and this is debatable, the best stock car driver to ever live.”

One of the all-time great crew chiefs had also called Jimmie Johnson the GOAT

Chad Knaus, one of the best minds in the history of NASCAR, had also come out with some pretty huge statements regarding Jimmie Johnson.

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“One thing I’ve always said about Jimmie that is absolutely true, he’s the best race car driver I’ve ever seen. He does such an exceptional job of being able to find a way to get past somebody, whoever that is,” he said.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 16: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, is introduced prior to the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Knaus added that if one puts Johnson 25th on the grid, he will very consistently find his way into the Top 10. “He can run there and pass cars consistently when other folks just can’t do it,” he continued.

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“That’s a pretty amazing talent that he’s been able to continue to have all throughout his career.”

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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