Jimmie Johnson forced to backup auto after practice spin

Robyn Ryan
June 18, 2017

Not only did Johnson re-up for three more years, but his huge primary sponsor, Lowe's, signed on through 2018.

Crew chief Chad Knaus has another year on his deal, but did not announce an extension in alliance with the other players of the deal on Friday. "I told somebody earlier today that I was jealous previous year watching Kyle Larson get his first win here because I was saying, 'Man, that sure would be pretty storybook if I could do something like that.' I'd love to get my first win here". "Sitting in closed-door meetings I know that there is a lot of options being explored and I know in Rick's heart that it's all to put the best four cars on the race track for Hendrick Motorsports and win races and championships".

NASCAR's reigning champion, Johnson has been on a tear to start the 2017 season.

Those triumphs came at Texas, Bristol and, most recently, Dover.

"I've said it before and continued to say that when the fire does go out, I will step down", Johnson said.

"I think in all fairness to the questions and to myself, any contract I sign right now with my age is probably going to raise questions", Johnson said. He's a great champion, a terrific advocate for Lowe's and a true ambassador for NASCAR. Lowe's, whose NASCAR involvement dates back to its first auto sponsorship in 1960, has been Johnson's primary sponsor for each of his 557 career Cup starts.

The 41-year-old Johnson, who won his seventh title in 2016 to match the NASCAR record for championships held by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, is tied for sixth in all-time wins with 83.

"Eight championships, I would love to stand alone at that", Johnson said.

The Hendrick Motorsports team initially thought it could fix the damage, but after almost two hours of work, the team determined the damage to the front of the auto was too much to race.

"The biggest thing for me is just knowing how much Mr. Hendrick loves to win and his commitment to winning, his commitment to Hendrick Motorsports", Johnson said.

"I remember hoping to just win one race", Johnson said. The partnership between the three sides is the longest driver-sponsor-team one in the sport's top division. "We'll see how these three years go".

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