WATCH: Jimmie Johnson Gives a Cheeky but Funny Reply to Elliott Sadler in a NASCAR Commercial

Published 01/04/2021, 5:00 AM EST
LOUDON, NH – JUNE 27: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, performs a burnout to celebrate winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27, 2010 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Back in 2007, American wireless service operator Nextel served as the title sponsor for the NASCAR series. That year, the company was advertising the Motorola Buzz walkie-talkie. In the commercial, there was a fairly amusing conversation between Jimmie Johnson and Elliott Sadler.

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The scene kicks off with Sadler critiquing Johnson and trying to give him some tips. He observed that the Hendrick Motorsports driver often messed up at Turn 3. However, Johnson cut him off before picking up the walkie-talkie, He said, “I’m gonna need it again.”

Immediately after that, somebody came in, holding presumably Johnson’s 2006 Cup Series trophy. In the end, Sadler was forced to concede defeat and walk away.

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How has Jimmie Johnson performed in NASCAR since then?

Although it is just a commercial, some would consider Johnson’s response as reeking of arrogance. However, given that he has since gone on to notch up six more Cup Series titles, that kind of arrogance is warranted.

The man is undoubtedly a legend, right alongside the likes of Richard Petty and the late great Dale Earnhardt. All three drivers have seven Cup Series crown to their names and rightly deserve all plaudits.

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HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 19: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Elliott Sadler only has three NASCAR Cup Series wins to his name and no titles. He made his Cup debut in 1998 and retired from the Cup series in 2017. He was a little more successful in the Xfinity Series, with 13 wins under his belt. Sadler also recorded a best finish of second in the championship on four occasions, namely in 2011, 2012, 2016, and 2017.

On the other end of the spectrum, Jimmie Johnson soldiered on until he too hung up his boots at the end of 2020. Without a doubt, Johnson’s legacy in the world of NASCAR racing will be preserved till the end of days.

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