“So Meaningful” – Jimmie Johnson Delivers Overwhelming Message After Receiving a Major Award

Published 12/04/2020, 7:42 AM EST
Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson prior to the final race of his career at the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


In what was a year of uncertainty, Jimmie Johnson has deservedly won the 2020 NMPA Myers Brothers Award. The accolade recognizes groups and individuals who have delivered some outstanding contributions to stock car racing through their careers.

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Therefore, it is only quite right that a fine NASCAR icon like Jimmie Johnson is the recipient of this edition of the award. The former Hendrick Motorsports No.48 this year also declared his retirement from the sport.

Johnson is quoted as saying, “I appreciate it, buddy, it’s such an honor. As I said a minute ago, it is such an honor and to grow up watching you (Chocolate Myers) over the wall, doing your job. I was strong enough racing to know your family’s involvement in this sport and all the contributions they made.”

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Jimmie Johnson has said that the NMPA Myers Brothers award is very meaningful to him

Many in the NASCAR community have admired Johnson’s demeanor and genuineness over the years. He has also been a role model to many young and aspiring drivers who have made the step up to the Cup Series division.

Nov 8, 2020; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (48) hugs crew members prior to the final start of his career in the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson continued and said, “And to now be a recipient of this very coveted award is so meaningful to me and my family. I shared with my wife that I won the award. And she was so upset that we weren’t at the banquet receiving it in person.”

“Because again it’s always been such a touching moment at the banquet. And it is always been so meaningful to any recipient and very much there for me. And I hate that I’m not in person with you right now celebrating it,” concluded Johnson.

Johnson has had an impressive NASCAR career spanning nearly two decades

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Seven Cup Series titles and countless race wins are only the tip of the iceberg of Johnson’s talent that has been on display from the start of this century. He is no doubt one of the greats who is also well known for his character and humility.

Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (48) during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson will move to the IndyCar Series with Chip Ganassi Racing for next year. But no true NASCAR fan would ever forget what the racing legend brought to the table every single time he raced.

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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