Jimmie Johnson Reveals the One Thing He Will Not Miss in NASCAR After Watching Daytona 500

Published 02/16/2021, 7:00 AM EST
CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 09: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)


The 2021 Daytona 500 officially wrapped up, but it took a while. This is largely because of a lengthy red-flag session during the first stage of the iconic race. For the first time, Jimmie Johnson was reduced to a spectator, and he sorely missed being out there on the track.

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However, he also declared that while he misses the racing, he definitely does not miss Mother Nature’s wrath. Having been in the sport for a very long time, he knows what it’s like to wait patiently or impatiently. Considering that he does not miss the rain delays, it is definitely the latter scenario.

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He stuck around to watch the race in its entirety. Needless to say, he was really happy for Michael McDowell for winning the race. Admittedly, it was a wild race, but Jimmie Johnson was positive that McDowell deserved all the credit. He would also be delighted to learn that his former team managed to get two cars in the Top 10.

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Coming back to Johnson himself, the NASCAR veteran is eager to hit the ground running. The seven-time Cup Series champion has already taken part in multiple pre-season tests to get used to the car. Now, the only big challenge for him is to see how well he does in a race situation.

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AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 06: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, the 45-year-old will be up for the task. It also helps that he will have plenty of experienced teammates to help show him the ropes.

On the other end of the scale, they can also provide healthy competition to keep him on his toes. Just because he is a former NASCAR champion, it does not mean that they will treat him like racing royalty. Jimmie Johnson will have to fight to prove himself on a new battleground.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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