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Fans love to hate on Jimmie Johnson

Updated: November 5, 2009, 9:43 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- The line of people hoping for an autograph from Richard Petty at the Las Vegas Convention Center is overwhelming. The King seems just as popular now with car enthusiasts attending the SEMA Show as he was 34 years ago while owning NASCAR's premier series with four titles and 67 victories in a five-year span.

Petty never experienced the so-called fan hatred that Jimmie Johnson, on the brink of an unprecedented fourth-straight championship, has during his most dominating ...

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