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Hamlin: What's right for competition isn't always right for the fans.
Biffle: I look at how the media has handled his dominance. I go back and watch the races, and I'm leading, Denny's running second, and Jimmie's fourth, and all they're talking about is Jimmie. So at some point the media brought it on themselves as well because all they talk about is Jimmie. I think they've multiplied the issue by only focusing on that car.
Earnhardt: He's not completely unbeatable. Other guys are winning races. I don't think it's a big issue with the fans.
Johnson: I think it has a lot less to do with the individual than with what's going on. When I was trying to get into the sport, Jeff Gordon was winning all the time, and they booed his ass. They hated him. I wasn't around a lot to see what went on with Junior's dad, but I went to races and heard him get booed. I think people get irritated with the same person winning all the time.
SI: Jimmie, most fans probably don't know that you grew up in a trailer park outside San Diego. Most see the Jimmie Johnson who's got a place in Manhattan, someone who's a metrosexual kind of guy....
Johnson: Easy. [Laughing.]
Biffle: It's true! [Laughing.]
SI: Do you find that people still don't know your biography very well?
Johnson: I'm tired of talking about all this s---. For the last eight years of my career I've spent more time defending myself and explaining who the hell I am, and if people don't care or want to find out, then the hell with it. I'm tired of talking about it. I've done nothing but carry myself in the right way, thank my sponsors, been respectful to my peers and the people I compete with, and if someone doesn't like me, that's fine. Go cheer for someone else. I've got plenty of fans. I'm cool.
SI: What do you guys think is the Number 1 skill behind the wheel that it takes to make it at this level?