Why 2020 isn't just a farewell tour for Johnson

Why 2020 isn't just a farewell tour for Johnson

As a seven-times NASCAR Cup series champion, Jimmie Johnson could be forgiven for taking it easy in his final full season. But that couldn't be further from reality as he seeks to go out in style, starting with this weekend's Daytona 500

After seven titles in 18 years at the top level, Jimmie Johnson starts his last full-time NASCAR Cup campaign at Daytona this weekend. It hasn't all gone to plan over the past two seasons, in which the now-44-year-old has gone winless. But he is hell-bent, convinced that a record-breaking eighth title is on the table this year, however unlikely that may sound.

Stadium Trophy Truck driver-turned-NASCAR dominator Johnson burst onto the scene full-time in 2002 and just a year later finished second in the Cup standings, hailed as the young challenger to threaten superstar Hendrick Motorsport team-mate Jeff Gordon. Gordon himself helped Rick Hendrick set up the #48 team to launch Johnson to stardom, perhaps creating a beast he couldn't tame in the win-thirsty upstart who has so far amassed 83 victories - the sixth highest in Cup Series history.

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