Jimmie Johnson: How Do Five Straight Championships Compare To Other Dynasties?

Jim FolsomContributorNovember 22, 2010

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, poses with the Sprint Cup Series Championship trophies at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2010 in Homestead, Florida. Johnson clinched his fifth straight Sprint Cup series championship after finishing second in the Ford 400.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Jimmie Johnson has won his fifth consecutive Sprint Cup Championship. Let that sink in for a minute. Five in a row. Richard Petty dominated this sport for over 20 years. He won seven titles in his career. That's only two more than JJ has since the first season of "Bones."

The great Dale Earnhardt, whom many consider the great driver ever to put on a fire suit, also won seven times. It took him between the late 1970s until 2001 to accumulate them. Jeff Gordon, for all his great accomplishments since he began Cup racing in 1994 has only four. I say "only" like it's a bad thing.

Who else has won five championships in a row? There is UCLA basketball in the late '60s and early '70s. The Bruins won seven straight from 1967 to 1973.

The Boston Celtics of the NBA did it in the 1960s. The Celtics won eight in a row from 1959 to 1966.

The New York Yankees did it from 1949 to 1953. The Montreal Canadiens did it from 1956 to 1960.

That's it. No Steelers. No Cowboys. No 49ers. No Lakers. No Bulls. No Packers. No Red Wings. No Oilers. No Dodgers.

Five championships in a row in NASCAR is really remarkable because there is only one driver who won three in a row before Johnson. That was Cale Yarborough in the mid to late '70s. So that means Petty, Earnhardt, Gordon, Allison, Pearson, Jarrett, Stewart, you name it, have only won at the most two in a row. Johnson has a shot to triple any one of those drivers' longest dynasty. That's UCLA basketball dominance.

How long will it be before we see another five-peat? The Lakers would have to win three more in a row. Not likely with the team Miami has put together. In college hoops, the Florida Gators won two straight and it was a big deal in '06 and '07. Because it hadn't been done in 15 years. Nobody will ever come close to five Super Bowls in a row.

In other words, don't hold your breath.


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