Jimmie Johnson signs extension with Hendrick Motorsports

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He continues to carry the banner for Hendrick Motorsports, being the only driver for the team to win points-paying races in the last two years. Certainly, I would love to climb further up the ladder there. Eight championships, I would love to stand alone at that, but that is all predictable and easy stuff. "I don't think I've got that in me from a time commitment standpoint to go into my 50s in racing". Since joining the organization in 2002, Johnson has only known one team, one sponsor, and one crew chief.

"I've said it many times, I'm very content with where I'm at in the race auto and just truly enjoy competing and love being on the track", Johnson said. Someday when that fades, that's when I'll step down. It's not going to be because of stats and where I rank or how many championships I have, it's all about that experience in the auto. It's all about that experience in the vehicle.

"It'd be really cool", Jones said.

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.

But Knaus is one of several variables facing Johnson as he re-ups with HMS. "He has another year on his contract".

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"I'm sure discussions will take place about an extension for him", Johnson said.

"I've said it before, I want to finish it with him, " Johnson said. So, I'll keep leaning on him. Hendrick also announced that Lowe's has signed an agreement to keep its primary sponsorship of Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet through next year. While Chase Elliott is under contract to the company, the status of the Nos. "I couldn't be more proud to represent everyone at Lowe's and Hendrick Motorsports, and I continue to be as grateful for the opportunity as I was when we started". "Winning seven championships and 83 races was inconceivable, and now we have the opportunity to do even more together". "I told somebody earlier today that I was jealous a year ago 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". "It's hard to tell where it's going to go, but my faith is in Rick".

"The backup Kobalt Chevy is pretty good", Johnson said.

"We watched Mark race deep into his career and be super competitive, race for championships into his 50s, " Johnson said.

"The.tire blew and I crashed", Allmendinger said.

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