Jimmie Talks Past, Present, Future At Banquet
Jimmie Johnson was the driver of the moment during the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Banquet on Friday night in Las Vegas. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Jimmie Johnson marked his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship Friday night as driver, parent and cultural historian, and with a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for the next chapter of his wonderful life.
The latter was delivered by championship runnerup Matt Kenseth during the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas. Introduced immediately before Johnson, Kenseth began his remarks by congratulating Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and team-owner Rick Hendrick as they sat at the head table to culminate Champions Week activities.
“But I honestly have to say your dominance is getting old,” said Kenseth, referring to Johnson’s run of six championships during the last eight seasons. “If I were you Jimmie, I’d seriously contemplate retirement. Maybe…go buy yourself an island, hang out with the family, pick up some new hobbies, take some of that money and enjoy yourself. We’ll all chip-in.”
Of course, that’s not about to happen, as NASCAR already has scheduled a day-long offseason test for Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“It’s what we do,” said Johnson, whose sixth title placed him one behind NASCAR Hall of Read the full story »