It is a rare occurrence, but occasionally in the world of professional sports an individual comes along who becomes the standard bearer for his particular field of competition. It’s generational, to some degree. My Michael Jordan may be my kid’s LeBron James, for example, or your dad’s long speeches about the genius of Fran Tarkenton may mirror your own enthusiasm for the athletic stylings of Tom Brady … although Brady may have gotten a little deflated in your eyes given current events. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) In NASCAR discussions, the names you would probably hear most often would be guys like Junior Johnson, Richard Petty and David Pearson, or Jeff Gordon, or any of the available Earnhardt or Allison options.