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Johnson Going for Seven

LAST YEAR’S CHAMPION COULD JOIN ELITE GROUP THIS SEASON

February 25, 2014
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

I t's a mark that many NASCAR traditionalists thought would

stand forever, but Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt might

soon have company in the seven-title club.

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Courtesy of NASCAR

After having his five-year winning streak halted in 2012, Jimmie Johnson was

back on top last year, claiming his sixth Sprint Cup Series championship.

The driver, originally from California, has become a racing legend in his own

right and will go down in history alongside Petty, Earnhardt and the many other

trailblazers who came before him.

VERSATILITY

In a sport of constant change and rule alterations, Johnson's achievements

have been made possible by his versatility and ability to roll with the punches.

Case in point: His championships have come in three different generations of

NASCAR Sprint Cup cars.

Johnson has been quoted as saying 2013 was one of the more special title

runs of his career. With four victories throughout the regular season, Johnson

led the points standings after all but three races.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver still found himself starting the Chase as the

No. 2 seed behind Matt Kenseth. But Johnson won at Dover International

Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway to eventually pass his rival.

Johnson used his experience - he is the only driver to qualify in all 10 years

of the Chase era - to edge Kenseth by 19 points down the stretch.

THE JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION

Equally as impressive as his feats on the track, Johnson's work in the

community has helped cement his reputation as a superstar even further.

He and his wife, Chandra, launched The Jimmie Johnson Foundation in 2006

to help children, families and communities in need. The foundation supports

several charities, including Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

According to Johnson's website, his annual golf tournament has helped raise

$2 million in support of Habitat for Humanity projects.

 
 

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