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Best drivers in the world? It's relative

Updated: May 24, 2013, 4:39 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- AJ Allmendinger is somewhere between the 15th- to 25th-best driver in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, and he qualified fifth for Sunday's Indianapolis 500. So put five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson in the same Penske Racing car and he'd probably win the pole.

He might even be a threat to win.

It seems logical, right?

It's not that simple.

As much as NASCAR likes promoting itself as having the best drivers in the world, ...

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