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Jimmie Johnson

Driving the Lowe's #48 Chevrolet for owner Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson relies on crew chief chad Knaus to take him to the pole... and the checkered flag.

With a start in SODA (that's the Short course Offroad Drivers Association), Johnson has known the taste of the checkered flag since the mid 1990's. With a move to the Busch series in 1999, it was not until 2001 at Chicagoland Speedway that Jimmie Johnson made it back to vicory lane.

NASCAR Cup Debut for Jimmie Johnson

2002 was Jimmie Johnson's big year to make the leap into the NASCAR Winston Cup series. He made quite a name for himself by being the first rookie ever to lead the NASCAR points standings on the way to a fifth place finish for the season.