Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 9/2/14
Tony Stewart may have snapped Jimmie Johnson’s streak of championships in 2011, but one streak Johnson continues is his time atop Forbes’ Most Influential Athletes list. Forbes released on Tuesday the latest incarnation of the annual list, and for the second-consecutive year, Johnson topped it. “It is just a huge honor, and not only is it very good for me and my career and what I do in the race car and my brand, I think it’s very good for NASCAR as well,” Johnson said. What’s even better for NASCAR is that Johnson wasn’t the only driver to make the list. Dale Earnhardt Jr. placed seventh in the rankings. He was third on last year’s list. Jeff Gordon was on the list a year ago, but slipped out of the rankings this time around. To compile the yearly Most Influential Athletes list, Nielsen and E-Poll surveys more than 1000 adults about a list of well-known athletes, measuring each athlete’s likability and whether or not those polled consider said-athletes influential. Forty percent of ...

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