NASCAR Fans Take a Trip Down to the Past as Legendary Multi-Championship Winner Pushes Chase Elliott to Victory Lane

Published 08/07/2022, 12:50 PM EDT
LONG POND, PA – JUNE 01: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet, talk in the garage during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Chase Elliott picked up his first ever Cup Series race at Watkins Glen back in 2018. As he crossed the finish line, little did he know, things were about to get much more interesting for him and fans alike. During the victory lap, his car ran out of fuel. As his car stood in the middle of the track, a seven-time NASCAR champion pulled up behind Elliott’s car and carefully pushed it to victory lane.

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After the video of the nostalgic moment was shared by the Legendary multiple champions, fans took a trip down memory lane and reflected on that iconic day.

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NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson, pulled up next to Elliot’s car to give him the thumbs up. But as he went past, he noticed Elliott’s car was not turned on.

That is when he realized that he would need to help out Elliott to get to victory lane, so he backed up and aligned his car right behind Elliott’s.

Subsequently, Johnson pushed Elliott’s car all the way to the pit road. Johnson mentioned, “Seeing Chase’s arm pumping along the way was so cool as I was pushing him. The crowd was going crazy!”

Elliot remarked, “I coasted on around, and then probably one of the many cool things about today was Jimmie Johnson pushed me back to the front straightaway.”

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Fans on Twitter were filled with nostalgia after Jimmie Johnson posted the clip on his account.

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NASCAR fans were filled with nostalgia at the sight of the famous clip showing Jimmie Johnson backing his car up to help push Chase Elliott onto victory lane.

May 27, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jimmie Johnson (48) talks with someone in his pit before carb day practice for the 106th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Most of the fans mentioned that the memorable day was etched into their heads. While others just love the comradery between the two teammates, where one is a veteran of the sport with 7-cup series championships under his belt and the other proving to be a prodigy that might one day also have multiple championship wins.

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The clip sure did warm everyone’s hearts and brought forth memories of the past.

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog, 'Noobs Onboard', for a while now, covering NASCAR, F1, W Series, MotoGP, WRC and the WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade now, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

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