Jimmie Johnson to retire from full-time NASCAR Cup Racing after 2020 season
Jimmie Johnson is taking one more shot at Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt before stepping out of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride with Hendrick Motorsports.
Johnson, 44, made the announcement on social media today that the 2020 season will be his 19th and final season as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The 83-time Cup Series race winner scheduled a press conference for Thursday. He will be joined by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, for whom Johnson has driven for his entire Cup career. Johnson’s 83 wins tie him with Cale Yarborough for sixth all-time in series history. He is one win back of both Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison.
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In addition to his record-tying seven Cup titles that he shares with Petty and Earnhardt, Johnson has two Daytona 500 victories, four at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a record 11 at Dover International Speedway, nine at Martinsville Speedway and eight at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has led nearly 19,000 career laps and qualified for NASCAR’s playoffs in 15 of the 16 seasons since the format’s inception in 2004.
In 2009, Johnson became the first race car driver to be named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. The elite list of sports legends who have received the honor include icons such as Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Tom Brady.
All 83 of Johnson’s points-paying Cup wins have come in the No. 48 Chevrolet of Hendrick Motorsports.
Johnson, however is in the midst of a career-worst dry spell. He’s gone 95 Cup races without a win, dating back to a win at Dover in 2017. This season, he failed to make the NASCAR playoffs for the first time since the format began in 2004.
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