Still going strong at 41, Johnson agrees to 3-year extension

Tammy Harvey
June 18, 2017

"I've never honestly been driven by stats and I've said it so many times, but it's hard to ignore where I sit on the wins list and not let my competitive spirit kick in and want more", said Johnson, who on Friday announced a three-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports.

Not only did Johnson re-up for three more years, but his huge primary sponsor, Lowe's, signed on through 2018.

By far one of the most dominant drivers in the modern era of NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson has almost done it all in Cup Series racing.

"My relationship with Lowe's, Hendrick Motorsports and all of my teammates means so much to me", Johnson said in a press release. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jimmie Johnson stands with his vehicle before the start of a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Las Vegas. The team also says Lowe's has signed an agreement to continue its primary sponsorship of Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet through next year. "I told somebody earlier today that I was jealous past year watching Kyle Larson get his first win here because I was saying, 'Man, that sure would be pretty storybook if I could do something like that.' I'd love to get my first win here".

"I got loose into Turn 3 and fought it for a long time and unfortunately came around", Johnson said of the accident.

"Jimmie is one of the best to ever drive", said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports.

Hendrick already lost Jeff Gordon, who announced his retirement 2 years ago, and now Dale Earnhardt in his final season. "We're so fortunate to have him as part of our organization, and I feel even luckier to call him a friend".

Two weeks ago at Dover, Johnson's got his 83rd Cup win and tied Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time victory list.

Johnson is the only driver to win for Hendrick since the start of the 2016 season. He's a great champion, a terrific advocate for Lowe's and a true ambassador for NASCAR.

The Hendrick Motorsports team initially thought it could fix the damage, but after almost two hours of work, the team determined the damage to the front of the auto was too much to race.

"It's such an incredible success story".

Jones' hometown of Byron, Michigan is located about an hour-and-a-half north of MIS, making it the flawless place for the rookie Furniture Row Racing driver to accomplish the feat. Every piece of the puzzle just fell into place.

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