Six-time Sprint Cup champion finishes third behind LeBron James and Peyton Manning
Jimmie Johnson’s latest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship garnered him some votes for The Associated Press' Male Athlete of the Year, but not enough to win the award.
Johnson finished third in the voting, with seven of 96 votes cast in a poll of news organizations. Miami Heat forward LeBron James won the award receiving 31 votes. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning finished second with 20 votes.
Johnson had a tweet about his placement in the award and a little bit of a tweak as well.
Last month, former NFL quarterback and "FOX Sports Live" analyst Donovan McNabb said that Johnson was not an athlete. The comments sparked a debate with many coming to Johnson's defense to say that NASCAR drivers are athletes.
In 2013, Johnson won six races, including two in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff en route to his sixth Sprint Cup Series championship.