Watch: Jimmie Johnson Commands the Pact to Fire Engines in His Final NASCAR Cup Race at Atlanta

Published 06/08/2020, 10:43 AM EDT


Last night, in honor of his last race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR gave Jimmie Johnson a special job. Johnson gave the command to start the engines before the race.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway has been one of Johnson’s most successful tracks. He took five wins, ’14 top-five’ and ’16 top-10′ finishes in 28 Cup Series race.

Mostly NASCAR invites local celebrities to give the race command. And after the series returned from the COVID-19 pandemic, local first response workers like policemen, nurses, etc are being honored at every venue. Later, Johnson posted a video of his first race command on Twitter. He wrote, “There’s a first time for everything”.

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Johnson had a decent race and finished seventh overall in the race. Thus continuing his track record of top ten finishes at Atlanta.

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Jimmie Johnson gets his name on the wall

Additionally, The race track honor Johnson before the race by naming a section of its grandstand after him. He joins seven-time champions Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty in having grandstands at the track name after them.

Last Friday, Johnson said in a media teleconference. “It means a ton to me. To have my name be on the grandstands there at the speedway, alongside all the other greats, is just super meaningful to me.”

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He added, “My final full-time year in Cup is a little different than I imagined; our whole world is different than we imagined with COVID-19. I know there were other plans to kind of go with the events in Atlanta this weekend that won’t be seen through, but it’s still amazing to have my name on the grandstands there. I’ve seen a few pictures and I can’t wait to see it in person on Sunday.”

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Mrinal Kuniyal

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Mrinal Kuniyal has been a contributor to EssentiallSports since early 2020 and has focused on Formula 1, NASCAR, and IndyCar. He's a management graduate and his areas of interest include motorsports, marketing, and music.

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