Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson says 2020 will be his final season of full-time racing. Johnson made the announcement Wednesday in a video posted on social media, saying: “I am so thankful for 18 incredible years of racing in NASCAR. This sport has been good to me and allowed me to do something I truly love. I showed up chasing a dream and achieved more than I thought possible. I am looking forward to next season and celebrating what will be my last year as a full-time Cup driver. I know what this team is capable of and I hope 2020 is one of the best yet.”
The 44-year-old Johnson has 83 career victories, tied with Cale Yarborough for sixth all-time. The California native’s seven titles are tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most in the Cup Series.
However, more recently Johnson has been in a two-year slump and last won a race in 2017. He had two different crew chief changes this season and missed the playoffs for the first time since the format began in 2004. Johnson finished 18th in the final standings. He won his seventh title in 2016.
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