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When Jimmie Johnson started racing in NASCAR back in 2000, little did he think of winning seven NASCAR Cup Series championships! But life is full of surprises, as the popular saying goes. This remarkable feat put him on the same trajectory was some of the biggest icons of the sport. It was a special moment for Johnson to be on equal grounds with legends such as Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. He is also tied for sixth on the all-time wins list with his childhood hero Cale Yarborough at the fifth spot.

Years after his retirement as a full-timer, Johnson received one of the biggest honors from another childhood hero of his.

Jimmie Johnson: The Hall of Famer

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As decided by the authorities in January 2024, Jimmie Johnson was officially inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. His longtime crew chief, Chad Knaus was considered for this honor as well. Most importantly, Johnson received this accolade from five-time Motocross champion Ricky Johnson. Delighted with joy, Johnson shared moments from the ceremony on his Instagram account.

He captioned the post, “What an honor to have my childhood hero induct me into the @motorsportshof. If only we knew back then that we’d end up here.” 

Jimmie Johnson is certainly thankful for the induction in the prestigious Hall of Fame. “Thank you @motorsportshof for recognizing a lifetime full of memories,” he said in another post. Fans did not miss out on showering their love towards their favorite driver.

Ricky Johnson also had a remarkable career during the 80s. Before switching to off-road tracks, he won seven AMA National Championships. He clinched a victory in one of the most significant races in Supercross history at the Super Bowl of Motocross held in the L.A. Coliseum. Nicknamed as ‘Bad Boy’, he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2012. While Ricky Johnson dominated the tracks of the 80s, Jimmie Johnson achieved similar dominance in the latter part of the 2000-2010 decade.

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There are many talented drivers in today’s generation. There were a ton of others in the past. And Jimmie Johnson is among the ones who were known to deliver stellar performance day in and day out. Winning the NASCAR Cup Championship back-to-back five times from 2006 to 2010 itself speaks volumes.

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Johnson’s partnership with Rick Hendrick is also among the most successful ones in NASCAR history. It was during his time at HMS, that the Chevrolet #48 driver attained the pinnacle of success. He was scouted by Jeff Gordon, who recommended HMS his name, when Johnson’s earlier team Herzog Motorsports lost their sponsor. Since that time, he has not looked back.

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In his already decorated cap, this newly acquired ‘Hall of Famer’ tag will add another significant feather. Johnson came back from retirement in 2022 and has been selective in his approach since then. He last drove at the Daytona 500 last February, clinching a P28 spot, but surviving DNF in the already wreck-packed action.
He will be seen participating in the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas next in Texas, on April 14th. Will he manage to secure a victory?

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