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Jimmie Johnson Contract Extension

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NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson Contract Extension

Seven time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The Jimmie Johnson contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports will have him racing through the 2020 season.

Lowe’s Home Improvement will also return to Johnson’s number 48 team. They signed on as the primary sponsor through 2018. Johnson stated the following in the Michigan International Speedway media center on Saturday. “My relationship with Lowe’s, Hendrick Motorsports, and all of my teammates means so much to me.”

Since partnering in 2000, Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports have enjoyed a great amount of success. Since his Cup debut in 2001, Johnson has won 83 races and 7 championships. His 83 wins have come on almost every racetrack on the circuit. His only tracks without wins are Kentucky, Chicago, and Watkins Glen. He has cemented himself as one of NASCAR’s all-time greats. Johnson is a multiple time winner in landmark events including the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Coke 600, and Southern 500.

Can Johnson Repeat in 2017?

In 2017, Johnson has 3 wins (Texas, Bristol, Dover), and is currently 7th in points. As a defending series champion, Johnson has all the pressure in the world to repeat.  He has set himself as a championship favorite for 2017, he is poised as a strong threat going for a record 8th title.

Of Hendrick’s current 248 Cup Series wins, Johnson has won 83 of them. This includes wins number 150 and 200. In recent years Hendrick Motorsports has seen Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr announce their retirement.

Johnson has raced in the Cup Series for 16 years, with 15 of those years having at least 3 wins. Jimmie has more than doubled anyone else racing today in terms of win total.

Johnson is continually breaking NASCAR records and adding on to his legendary career. This contract extension provides a sense of job security for him, Chad Knaus, and the entire 48 Hendrick team. While nobody doubted Johnson returning to Hendrick for the future, his contract tenure was questionable. 3 years may seem a bit short for a multi-million dollar contract. This gives the 7-time champion options in terms of his tenure at Hendrick Motorsports for the coming years.