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Speed Reading: Hang on JGR fans, history proves all slumps end
|Bad times never last, but good people, like Gibbs, do|
Note to fans of Joe Gibbs Racing though your drivers are plummeting through the Nextel Cup point standings like a cinder block through ether, do not panic. Yes, I realize that just three seasons ago you were celebrating your second Cup title in three years. Yes, I realize that
The good news is that all slumps end. They ended for Babe, Sweetness and Tiger, and they will also one day end for Coach Gibbs and his band of blown engines.
Don't believe me? Just take a look into our Nextel Cup way-back machine.
Richard Petty 1978From 1949, NASCAR's first year in business, to 1977, Petty Enterprises won at least one race per season. In all but two of those years, they won two or more races, thanks to efforts of first Lee then and son Richard. Then, in 1978, the unthinkable happened. The King didn't win a single race. Not only that, he didn't even win a pole and finished outside of the top five in points for the first time since 1965, a year in which he hadn't run the full schedule to go drag racing.
The Comeback: The King won five races in 1979, outlasting upstart
Dale Earnhardt and
In the late 1980's and early 1990's, Rusty and Dale weren't just part of the show, they were the show. They battled for wins and for championships, seemingly running door-to-door every lap. But in 1992, the two black cars went simultaneously into the tank. Each driver won only one race and one pole and both finished outside of the top 10 in points, forced to watch Alan Kulwicki,