Jimmie Johnson Enters the Second Hall of Fame in 2024 as Post-NASCAR Laurels Keep Coming for the 7-Time Cup Champ

Published 02/28/2024, 6:54 PM EST

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Jimmie Johnson is arguably one of the greatest NASCAR drivers ever to grace the sport. If there was a Mount Rushmore of NASCAR, Johnson would surely make the feature; that’s how impactful his career has been. Therefore, it was not a surprise when he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this year. However, it looks like the 48-year-old is also scoring records in terms of having multiple Hall of Fame recognitions to his name.

The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and co-owner of LMC will be inducted into the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame. Johnson is among the five other inductees to bestow the honor. LMC will see not one but two individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame, as Cal Wells joins Johnson as the recipient of this Hall of Fame induction.

JJ joining an elite class of racers with this Hall of Fame induction


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Jimmie Johnson will be joining the likes of the late Dick Cobb, who won eight track championships over a career that spanned over 45 years in Nevada and California. There is Eric Holmes, winner of three ARCA Menards West Series titles, Jimmy Vasser, 10-time CART championship winner, and Calvin (Cal) Well, who co-owns the NASCAR Cup Series winning team and is the current CEO of Legacy Motor Club.

The Class of 2024, the 21st running of the West Coast Hall of Fame induction gala, is scheduled for June 6. This event will open the packed weekend of racing at Sonoma Raceway, which includes the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity races along with the ARCA Menards Series West event. Apart from this induction, the organization will also announce five Heritage inductees in a few weeks.

Ken Clapp, Chairman and CEO of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame via Speedway Digest, said, “Our class of 2024 is second to none in diversity of competition. Jimmie Johnson, Eric Holems, Dick Cobb mastered three different levels of NASCAR competition. Jimmy Vasser, a CART champion and Cal Wells, an off-road racing Hall of Famer and team executive add two more racing disciplines to this year’s Class.”


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Two Hall of Fame inductions at the start of a year are a flattering experience, even for someone like Jimmie Johnson. However, the California native has decided to make a comeback this season in the Cup Series and take care of some unfinished business.

Still hungry for more Cup Series wins


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2020 was the last season when Johnson competed as a full-time driver, and since then, he has only managed a handful of NASCAR races for a couple of years. However, since the takeover at Legacy Motor Club, the driver seems to have found his lost spark for racing in the series. Thus decided to compete in a total of nine races in the 2024 Cup Series season.


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Forty of Johnson’s 83 NASCAR Cup Series wins have come at the tracks that he is running this season. The nine-race schedule is the most that Johnson has competed in since his full-time season in 2020. Moreover, No. 84 from LMC will be looking to register his first win in the competition since 2017. Dover International Speedway was the track where Jimmie Johnson last won a Cup race. He has the Dover race on his 2024 schedule and will be eyeing the opportunity to repeat the feat with a win in the Next Gen era.


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Chintan Devgania


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Chintan Mahesh Devgania is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. As someone who likes to dive deep into the sport, he often takes up less explored topics to eventually see them make their way into top stories. His report on Toyota’s young recruit, Jade Avedisian, sharing her thoughts on Late Model Racing, was an example of that.
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