Signs Three-Year Extension


Now, he will have a few more seasons to check more accomplishments off his to-do list.

Also in NASCAR, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson has agreed to a three-year contract extension that keeps the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion with Hendrick Motorsports through 2020.

In addition, Lowe's Companies Inc. has extended its longstanding relationship with Hendrick Motorsports after signing an agreement that will continue its full-season, 38-race primary sponsorship of Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS team through 2018.

Hendrick already lost Jeff Gordon, who announced his retirement 2 years ago, and now Dale Earnhardt in his final season.

"Any contract I sign right now with my age is probably going to raise questions". In fact, in three of his last four races where he started in the rear, Johnson went on to win, that includes his championship win at Homestead last November. I get it, but I don't have a vision of if it's three, if it's five, if it's seven, I don't know.

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While he is one of the elder statesmen of the NASCAR garage today, Johnson has not slowed down at all.

"I got loose into Turn 3 and fought it for a long time and unfortunately came around", Johnson said of the accident. There's no better person, and he's as good in the race vehicle today as he's ever been.

Johnson's first inclination was that his vehicle was damaged severely enough to require a backup, but after he drove the Chevy back to the garage, crew chief Chad Knaus opted to try to fix the primary entry.

Johnson made his Cup debut in October 2001 with Hendrick Motorsports, and all of his 557 career starts have come with the team. Earlier this month, the 41-year-old driver won his 83rd career race, tying him with his childhood hero Cale Yarborough for sixth on the sport's all-time victory list.

"Jimmie is one of the best to ever drive", team owner Rick Hendrick said in the release. "Instead of it being necessarily a statement and shown through a lifetime contract we have just had a handshake and agreement among friends that I've got a vehicle and I've always told him I'm never going anywhere". "Certainly, would love to climb further up the ladder there (in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series). Eight championships, I would love to stand alone at that". Through 2016, the El Cajon, California, native posted an average of 5.3 wins per year and an average championship points finish of 3.4.