Jimmie Johnson Shows Will to Excel in NASCAR Despite Not Being in Playoffs Scenario

Published 09/13/2020, 2:31 PM EDT
Sep 12, 2020; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) races during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports | Credit: Reuters


Jimmie Johnson had a tough outing at the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway Saturday night. He completed it in the 31st position.

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The seven-time champion was having inconvenience right from the start of the race at the Richmond track. It is quite a short track when compared with a no. of tracks in the NASCAR season. However, the No. 48 Chevy was not so good. Jimmie Johnson slammed into the wall in the early stages of the race.

He then had to pit for the damages to be fixed by the No. 48 group. Johnson inevitably tumbles off the lead lap. He was battling in the rear of the field for the remainder of the race. He finished five laps off the lead lap in 31st-place at the end of the race.

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Johnson was visibly disheartened by the race. This shows he is still looking for that one win and is highly motivated to race for Hendrick Motorsports, despite not being in contention in the playoffs. He also has his plans for next season secured, with a deal in place to race in the IndyCar Series.

Jimmie Johnson tweeted: “What a rough and disappointing night in Richmond. Some racing contact put us hard into the wall on the front stretch early in stage 1… it was a long long long night from there.” 

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Aug 29, 2020; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) pits after wrecking during the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports | Credit: Reuters

Will Jimmie Johnson win a race in the 2020 season?

Johnson is as yet searching for his first success of this season. He is out of the contention for the title as his teammate William Byron won the finale of the regular season. As a result, he was unable to qualify for the playoffs. He will race one weekend from now at the Bristol Speedway. The veteran driver won his last race at the 2017 AAA 400 Drive for Autism.

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This will be the last season for Jimmie Johnson as a full-time driver in NASCAR. He has his plans sorted for the years to come. He is heading to the Indycar series for the 2021 season. Johnson will be racing with Chip Ganassi Racing. It will be a great moment for all the Jimmie Johnson fans if he is able to pull off a magnificent win.

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Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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