So who’s the best driver in NASCAR?

Tony Stewart, the reigning Sprint Cup Series champion? Jimmie Johnson, who has won the title five times? A proven veteran like Jeff Gordon, or a young whippersnapper such as Kyle Busch?

You could make an argument for any of those guys, and probably a few others.

I’m gonna make mine for Tom “Thumper” McCrimmon.

McCrimmon is one of two drivers of the No. 20 NASCAR hauler for Joe Gibbs Racing and its driver, Joey Logano. McCrimmon has been jamming the gears to and fro — a lot more fro since all these tracks were built on the West Coast — on the Sprint Cup circuit for 25 years.

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Article written by sports columnist Ron Kantowski of Las Vegas Review-Journal.