Kevin Harvick: The People's Champion For 2010

Clint BryantCorrespondent IINovember 22, 2010

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2010 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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In 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, one driver scored more points than any other. 

Guess what? His name is not Jimmie Johnson.

While no one can take away the No. 48 team's great performance during the last five years, were they really championship worthy all five seasons? If you look at total points, Johnson wins only the 2006 and '09 titles.

For the fourth time in the last seven years, the driver who scored the most points in the season did not win the series championship. 

This season, Kevin Harvick scored 285 more points than any other driver but will go into the offseason unrecognized for his amazing accomplishment. 

Past drivers such as Petty, Pearson, Earnhardt and Waltrip all were praised for their success, accomplishing the same feat that Harvick and his No. 29 Chevrolet team just completed.

However for Harvick, there will be no head table, there will be no large trophy, there will be no champagne.

So here's to you, Kevin Harvick. You deserve to be recognized for being the best driver on the best team in NASCAR this season. You are the people's champion.

End the chase. It has done nothing but water down what used to be an amazing accomplishment.

Bring back the real championship chase in 2011.

It worked for decades and brought NASCAR the highest ratings and attendance the sport has ever seen.

All of the fans who gave you record attendance and ratings up until 2004 are still here... waiting.

36 races, one champion, no gimmicks.

For the sake of NASCAR, please.