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The revenge of Jimmie Johnson

Mr. Five-Time thinks Mr. Six-Time has a much better ring to it

Updated: August 15, 2012, 11:20 AM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

THE RACER THEY call Five-Time smiles, shakes hands and politely answers questions at NASCAR Media Week in Charlotte. He's rested, focused and ready to start his 11th full Cup season. But deep down, Jimmie Johnson rages. And if prodded, he admits that yes, he's "very pissed off." People still call him Five-Time.

In finishing sixth in points last year, he snapped his record string of consecutive titles. "Yeah, Six-Time sounds better, doesn't it?" the 36-year-old says without ...

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