But none of those legends were ever on a ride like the one Jimmie Johnson is on now.
Last Sunday at Talladega, Johnson held off Clint Bowyer at the finish line to win the Aaron's 499 in one of the closest races in NASCAR history. The drivers have the Easter weekend off before picking up the Sprint Cup chase April 30 in Richmond, Va.
Johnson has also found time to appear in a television situation comedy, playing himself on a Fox network sitcom to air Wednesday night. We'll have to wait and see how television critics feel about his guest-star turn before handing him a statue.