NASCAR could be witnessing the return of a Pearson-Petty rivalry

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, leads Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2012 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, leads Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2012 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images for NASCAR)

They may not have as long a history, but Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson could be starting a rivalry to match that of David Pearson and Richard Petty of old.

Form 1963-1977, Petty and Pearson finished first and second in 63 NASCAR races.  While Sunday’s race at Chicagoland marked the first time Keselowski and Johnson finished first and second, the five time champion and the young upstart seem to have plenty in common with the old days.

David Pearson won 105 races in 574 starts along with three titles while Petty amassed a record 200 wins and seven titles. Keselowski has eight wins in just 116 starts in the Cup series while Johnson has five consecutive titles.  But as he proved Sunday, Keselowski could be the David Pearson to Johnson’s Richard Petty going forward. MORE>>>

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