Jimmie’s Drive Through History Continues
No. 48 has his sights set on No. 8 as the 2017 NASCAR season gets under way. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Andrew Coppley)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Jimmie Johnson will be crowned NASCAR’s “Eighth Wonder” with his next championship, the one that will separate the Hendrick Motorsports superstar from Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
The long and grinding Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series road moves into full race mode Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway, where drivers and teams will compete in the Can-Am Duels (Fox Sports 1, 7-10 p.m. EST).
The unique qualifying format will determine starting positions three through 40 for Sunday’s 59th annual Daytona 500. The highest finishers other than pole-winner Chase Elliott in Duel 1 will fill the third through 39th starting spots Sunday, while the highest finishers in Duel 2 other than Dale Earnhardt Jr. will line up in the fourth through 40th positions.
Despite hinting that he’s a little out of shape, Johnson figures to be in the mix for “The Great American Race” and Championship No. 8. Read the full story »