“I’ll Remember That Forever” – Brad Keselowski Lauds Jimmie Johnson and Reminisces Memorable Moments with Him

Published 11/23/2020, 7:00 AM EST
BRISTOL, TN – APRIL 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)

For Jimmie Johnson, his farewell season in NASCAR was also about learning more about what the fellow drivers feel about him. Many of his past and present competitors opened up on their views about Johnson, and they all had wonderful things to say about him. While some drivers shared a memorable story from their time with Johnson, Brad Keselowski had two such stories.

The first one sticks out for the 2012 Cup Series champion as a very memorable one. It was back in 2006 when Johnson won his first Cup Series championship. Keselowski was a largely unknown driver at the time and was yet to win a race.

The first time I met him. He had just won his first Cup championship and he was down to earth, very humble, and I’ll remember that forever,” Keselowski said recently.

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Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson prior to the final race of his career at the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

How Jimmie Johnson earned a fan in Brad Keselowski

Keselowski was quite touched by the way Johnson treated him and spoke to him. He was very glad to be treated as an equal by Johnson.

I was at Junior Motorsports, and he treated me as an equal although I had nowhere near the resume. And I had never even won a Cup race at that point in time in my life. I was always so impressed by that, his humility,” he continued.

Johnson is known for his character and his conduct off the racetrack as well. Many drivers often reflect on how comfortable and welcome Johnson made them feel at various stages of their careers.

When Johnson looked out for Keselowski

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The second memory for Keselowski was a scary one for him that Johnson turned into a very comforting one. Keselowski got caught up in a horrific crash while testing at Road Atlanta in 2016. Johnson did not bother about his own run and stopped to check up on Keselowski.

Oct 11, 2020; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads Chase Elliott (9) during the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

I got a really bad wreck in Atlanta. And he stopped to check on me and make sure I was OK. We were testing, so he just stopped. I always thought that that was something he did that he didn’t have to do and showed character,” the Team Penske driver reminisced.

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While the Cup Series is filled with drivers who will keep the level of competition and excitement high at all times, Johnson’s departure is certain to leave a void. After all, he is one of only three drivers to win seven NASCAR Cup Series titles.

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Aayush Majumdar

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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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