“Fighting That Battle” – Jimmie Johnson Reveals How He ‘Stood Out Above’ NASCAR Competitors

Published 03/29/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 20: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, poses for a portrait after winning the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Jimmie Johnson created quite the buzz in all his years as a NASCAR driver. What started off as a promising career ended with the retirement of one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Johnson stunned many with his exceptional records and statistics in NASCAR.

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While he has the company of the two other NASCAR legends in the ‘seven-time champions club,’ no one quite dominated the sport for a consecutive stretch of years like him. This is evidenced by his mind-boggling run of five straight Cup Series titles from 2006-10.

At the Cup level, the level of competition rises very quickly as only the best compete at the highest level. However, Johnson was still able to find that level of dominance. Over the years, many people have tried to figure out the reason why Johnson was much better than anyone else in his prime.

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The 45-year-old himself has a rather interesting answer for the same. In a recent interview, the former Hendrick Motorsports driver highlighted his ability to fight against procrastination as a big contributor to his success.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – OCTOBER 25: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally designed by Noah Sweet Chevrolet, poses in front of the Texas Motor Speedway gate entering victory lane, renamed in his honor prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on October 25, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas. Jimmie Johnson is scheduled to retire from full-time NASCAR racing after 2020. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson explains the ‘key to success’ throughout NASCAR career

“It’s human nature to procrastinate on things. In my life, it has happened personally and professionally,” Johnson said“Fighting that battle, pushing forward on things, and seeing them through has always felt really good,” he added.

Johnson believes the key was not delaying important things he needed to do to rise above the competition. That held true not just in one situation, but at all stages of his illustrious career.

“Specifically with my career, pushing forward on those things has helped me stand out ahead and above competitors around me. If it was getting noticed if it was after I was established and trying to find an advantage to get me to Victory Lane,” Johnson said further.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

“Very happy with the outcome,” says the new IndyCar rookie

Looking back on his NASCAR career, Johnson can say he is proud of his efforts. “It’s human nature to have it. But the times I have fought it, I’ve always been very happy with the outcome,” he expressed.

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Johnson recently bid adieu to the NASCAR scene. However, that willingness to excel urged him to take on a huge challenge at this stage of his life.

Johnson has been busy preparing for his stint in the IndyCar Series, the debut of which is now just weeks away. While he is not setting very high expectations right away, it will be no surprise to see him set the track on fire.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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