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G. McConway
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September 26, 2022

NASCAR Legend Jimmie Johnson Announces Retirement

One of the most popular and successful drivers to ever suit up for NASCAR is calling it quits.

Jimmie Johnson, who won 83 times during his amazing career, is retiring.

Johnson won the points total seven times.

Time for the Bucket List

Johnson, at 47, has decided it is time to enjoy some of those riches from his career.

He stated, "It's been an interesting process to feel so fulfilled with the experience and then also try to make a decision.

"In the big scheme of things, there is so much life-planning going on with the kids.

"We've always had an idea of trying to live abroad for a year or two.

"We love Colorado and want to spend more time there, and there's just so much swirling personally and professionally that I just wanted to take some time and make the decision not on the back of a positive or negative experience on the racetrack."

Johnson cut back his NASCAR schedule in recent years, focusing more on the Indy series.

On stepping away and the desire to still drive, he stated, "I do have a desire to go back, it's just at this point, I know what's required to do a full schedule, and I don't have that in me.

"I don't have that passion that I need for myself to commit myself to a full season."

Johnson may get behind the wheel at least one more time, however.

He has expressed interest in doing the "double," which has only been done once.

Tony Stewart is the only driver to successfully finish the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

Three other drivers have attempted, but they were unable to complete both races.

Johnson stated, "You know me and endurance sports, and the double sounds awesome.

"I've always had this respect for the guys who have done the double.

"I would say it is more of a respect thing than a bucket-list item, and I'd love to put some energy into that idea and see if I can pull it off."

I would love to see him come back one more time to try it, even if it was just for fans to give him a proper sendoff.

Source: Fox News

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