It's an arbitrary time period that doesn't get the benefit of removing years. Even so, I think a legitimate claim can be made for all 3 of them. JJ's goat career legacy is still etched in stone.Kyle will need an attorney's argument for this one.
Its JJ. Because at beginning of 2018, it was JJ and it wasn't even CLOSE.
Coming into 2018, Johnson had 9 more wins this decade than Kyle Busch and Harvick. 9 more wins. Over the course of 2 seasons (20% of this decade), Busch has 13 unanswered wins vs Johnson, Harvick has 10. Despite this, Johnson only has 4 less wins than Busch. 2 less than Harvick and more titles.
Johnson got win #11 at Dover
Win #8 at Charlotte
Win #9 at Martinsville
Win #7 at Texas
Became the all time leader at multiple tracks this decade.
During this decade Johnson has won
The Daytona 500
The Brickyard 400
The Southern 500
The Coke 600
The only driver to win all 4 crown jewel events this decade... For the second decade in a row.
Kyle Busch hasn't won all 4 crown jewel events yet, and he hasn't won 3 titles yet. In a handful of ways, Johnson accomplished more this decade than Kyle Busch has his entire career.
We are going to forget all of this because Johnson hasn't won in 2 years and Kyle finally wins title number two?
The Jimmie Johnson era ended in 2016, not 2010. Johnson's declining decade is still superior to these other two champion's prime decade.
Yes, the answer is Jimmie Johnson, no, Kyle Busch doesn't have a case here.
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The numbers don't lie for KB he has the most wins of the decade in less races due to fractured leg. He's a late bloomer prime years starting in 2015, 5 consecutive final 4's made, while still possessing strong overall performance early in the decade. No years without wins.
Harvick's claim can be built on superb consistency combined with multiple years of dominating the field. Again no winless years in the decade.
JJ's biggest claim is clutch championships, and early decade overall performance from 2010-2013. His ability to deliver wins in high pressure moments is unmatched.
I find it interesting that all 3 have tracks that they were/are heavily favorited, it seems a prerequisite for greatness. KB (Bristol, Richmond) Harvick (Phoenix, Atlanta) Jimmie (Martinsville, Dover).