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Jimmie Johnson: NASCAR driver of the decade, AP male athlete of the year

December 21, 2009 |  3:32 pm

2009 NSCS Jimmie Johnson championship four trophies thumb
As expected, Jimmie Johnson was voted the NASCAR driver of the decade by the media. Perhaps not so expected, he was voted male athlete of the year by the Associated Press.

There was little debate that Johnson was the best NASCAR driver of the decade. His four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships in a row are unprecedented. His 47 wins in the decade aren't too shabby either.

Apparently his accomplishments on the racetrack this year were too much for the Associated Press to ignore. He beat out tennis star Roger Federer and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt for the honor.

Go to Haddock in the Paddock for comments from Johnson and how the media ranked the top NASCAR drivers of the decade.

-- Tim Haddock

Photo: Jimmie Johnson was voted the NASCAR driver of the decade and the Associated Press male athlete of the year. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)