NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson Named "Male Athlete Of The Year"

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson has been picked as the Male Athlete of the Year by members of The Associated Press.

Editors at newspapers which are members of the AP selected Johnson after he captured an unprecedented fourth straight championship in NASCAR's premier series. He received 42 votes to beat tennis star
Roger Federer and Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, who were the only other two athletes to receive vote totals in the double-digits.

Albert Pujols, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods, who was named athlete of the decade last week, each received nine votes.

Johnson won seven races this season, including four in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, to coast to his fourth title. He's the first race car driver to win the AP honor.

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  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Dec 24, 2009 at 04:28 AM
    Opinions, opinions, opinions...I guess Webster, AP, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated got it all wrong about what is and isn't a sport.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2009 at 11:19 PM
    Driving is not a sport. My Mom drives every day and she's no athelete. Swimming's not a sport. Swimming's something you do to keep from drowning. Golfing? Well, let's just say that...NO. And "Male Athlete Of The Year", please. what a crock.
  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Dec 23, 2009 at 02:27 AM
    DK...That's right. Some have no clue what you mean by turning right to go left. All about them Cars...LOL. I was raised 22 miles from Darlington and most seasons had pit/infield passes. Nobody can tell me Nascar is not a physical sport. Witnessed it with my own eyes.
  • by DK on Dec 22, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    Sometimes you have to turn right to go left.
  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Dec 22, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    Merriam-Webster defines "athlete" as ": a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina". The dictionary also defines a sport as a "Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively." To imply that the car does all the work would be like saying golf clubs do all the work in golf. To argue there is nothing but turning left in NASCAR is akin to a runner who turns left continuously at a track and field event. Whether it is a car, golf club or which way you turn in an event are just tools and rules governing a sport. There are many teams in many sports that contribute to an athlete's accomplishment. Good job Jimmie.
  • by Mr. Rite Location: Choco on Dec 21, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    I'd vote for Tiger before I would vote for Jimmie J.
  • by Dave on Dec 21, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    I know DK. How ironic eh?
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Dec 21, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    I will bet $20,000 of my own money that none of you who say he is not an athlete could drive around the track and not wreck. You have to be physically fit to make the car work, It gets hot in there, I used work with Hendrick Motorsports. I know. I wish all of you know it all dumb -ss's would just get on a boat and leave the country.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 21, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    he should win "race car driver of the year" award with 600 horses helping him under the hood. not athlete of the year. he couldn't do anything without a good team or a fast race car. too many variables that contribute to him receiving this award. my brother hold one of the world champion records in 1/4 mile boat drag racing and still does. He's not an athlete and doesn't claim to be. just a man with steel balls with boldness like no other. No safety cage etc. etc. Yes, racing tires you out and requires great driving skills etc.. No athlete here, just one of the best race car drivers around for now. Let him try and compete for Iron Man triathlete award! daaaaa
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 21, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    It is well deserved and earned. By the way, its a little more complicated than going actually, have to "drive the car like you stole it for hours". Unlike some ex B Ball player that do it for real life.....joke folks, it really is more demanding than you think. Try the Richard Petty experience.......
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