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March 20, 2012
In a stunning victory for five-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports, NASCAR penalties that were levied against Johnson and his team at Daytona last month were overturned Tuesday. Prior to the Daytona 500, NASCAR found that a body part on Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet was in violation of the rules. The sanctioning body docked Johnson 25 championship points and suspended his crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec for six races. All remained with the team while Hendrick appealed.
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March 31, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The veteran skydiver who died Sunday after his chute failed to open during a jump in eastern San Diego County was the brother-in-law of famed NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. In a message posted on his website Monday, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion  said his family was "saddened by the tragic passing" of his wife's brother, identified by the county medical examiner as 27-year-old Jordan Janway, of San Diego. "Jordan was an incredible son, brother, uncle and friend and will be dearly missed," the statement read.
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April 9, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
There's one more reason why 2013 already is a year to remember for Jimmie Johnson. The five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion announced Tuesday on Twitter that he and his wife Chandra are expecting their second child. "We are so happy to share news that we're having another baby in September," Johnson tweeted. "Genevieve is so excited to be a big sister!" Johnson's daughter Genevieve will be 3 in July. The announcement came two days after Johnson won for the eighth time at Martinsville (Va.)
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March 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The race was Jimmie Johnson's to lose, and he unknowingly found a way to lose it. Johnson was sailing toward a record sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup win in Fontana on Sunday when his No. 48 Chevrolet blew a left-front tire with only six laps remaining. It was the latest in a spree of tire failures that plagued several cars and it brought out a caution flag, setting up a two-lap overtime finish at Auto Club Speedway. That was the opening Kyle Busch needed, and he drove his No. 18 Toyota into the lead and held off rookie Kyle Larson to win the Auto Club 400 for the second consecutive year.
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November 11, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jimmie Johnson crashed during the NASCAR race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, jeopardizing his bid to win a sixth Sprint Cup Series championship. Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet crashed into the outside wall in Turn 4 on Lap 234 of the 312-lap race after it appeared the car's right front tire blew or the car had some sort of braking malfunction. Johnson's crew took the car to the garage for repairs. Making matters worse for Johnson, his closest competitor for the title, Brad Keselowski, had just taken the race lead moments before Johnson's accident.
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April 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
During his remarkable career that includes five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup titles, Jimmie Johnson has calmly endured an undercurrent of hostility from some fans who find his winning ways, well, a turnoff. But with the help of Twitter, Johnson is firing back at his critics. After winning the Cup race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for the eighth time Sunday, Johnson sarcastically tweeted: "You haters have it right. I'm a bad teammate. I have a cheated up car, I'm lucky and the race was fixed.
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March 2, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Jimmie Johnson's crew chief, Chad Knaus, said Friday that his Hendrick Motorsports team was surprised by the stiff fines it drew from NASCAR after Johnson's car failed opening-day inspection for the Daytona 500. Johnson, a five-time champion, was docked 25 Sprint Cup Series points and Knaus and car chief Ron Malec were suspended for six races after NASCAR found unapproved body work on Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet. But Knaus and Malec remained with the team as it prepared for Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway because they're appealling the penalties.
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March 11, 2012 | Jim Peltz
¿¿Reporting from Las Vegas -- Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr.led 64 of the first 70 laps but teammate Jimmie Johnson was the leader at the halfway point of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson, the only four-time winner at Las Vegas, had to start in the rear of the 43-car field because he was using a backup car after crashing his primary car in practice. But Johnson stormed through the field to take the lead in the Kobalt Tools 400, a 267-lap race on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas track.
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July 28, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jimmie Johnson was the halfway leader in his quest to win a record fifth NASCAR Brickyard 400 on Sunday. Johnson led 43 of the first 80 laps of the 160-lap race on an unseasonably cool day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The temperature was 68 degrees when the race started. Carl Edwards was running second, pole-sitter Ryan Newman was third, Kasey Kahne was fourth and two-time Brickyard 400 winner Tony Stewart was running fifth. Kyle Busch had climbed to eighth after starting 19th in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
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November 2, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR and five-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, along with Johnson's team and one of his main sponsors, are helping send relief to victims of super storm Sandy. Johnson, who's racing for a sixth title this season, felt the impact of Sandy first-hand because the lower floors of his New York apartment were flooded and the building remained closed. "So it's impacted us in a small way, to many others in a much greater capacity," Johnson told reporters Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's next Sprint Cup race.
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March 21, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR's Matt Kenseth knows Auto Club Speedway well, having won three Sprint Cup races at the Fontana track. But he earned the victories driving for Roush Fenway Racing and is still looking for his first win on the two-mile oval since moving to the Joe Gibbs Racing team last year. Kenseth took the step toward a fourth win Friday by winning the pole position for Sunday's Auto Club 400 as NASCAR's new knockout-style qualifying format was used at the Fontana speedway for the first time.
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March 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS  - "I love coming back here," Jimmie Johnson said of Las Vegas, but it's not to gamble or take in a show. "Vegas is fun but it's really, just in my mind, a racing town," he said. And Johnson, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, might as well be its honorary mayor. As he seeks a record-tying seventh Cup title this year, Johnson already holds the record for most Cup wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with four. Yet, he has had something of a drought at the 1.5-mile oval located 15 miles northeast of the Strip.
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February 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart 's attempt to win his first Daytona 500 fell short Sunday as the three-time NASCAR champion drove his first race since suffering a broken right leg in August. After starting 21st, Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet developed a mechanical problem near the halfway point of the race that forced him to the garage. He returned after repairs but finished 35th and more than 20 laps behind the leaders. Stewart also co-owns his team, Stewart-Haas Racing, and another of his drivers, Danica Patrick , finished 40th after being collected ¿in a multi-car crash on Lap 146. "I felt like everything was going pretty well, so it's just upsetting," Patrick said.
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February 1, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
NEW YORK - Pete Carroll is one victory from joining an incredibly exclusive club - coaches who have won both a Super Bowl and a college football national championship. As it is, only Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer have done so. Carroll's USC teams won national championships at the end of the 2003 and '04 seasons. Louisiana State defeated Oklahoma in the 2003-04 Bowl Championship Series title game, but the Associated Press chose USC as No. 1 in its final season poll. USC beat Oklahoma for the 2004-05 BCS title but was later stripped by the NCAA.
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January 29, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR is poised to make major changes to its 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, an overhaul that's already sparked widespread reaction in NASCAR Nation. The new format is expected to be announced Thursday, and it's aimed at delivering a fresh dose of excitement to NASCAR stock car racing, whose popularity has leveled off in recent years. Among the expected changes: increasing the Chase field to 16 drivers from 12 and putting added emphasis on winning races, with a win in the first 26 races of the "regular season" almost ensuring that a driver would make the Chase.
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November 21, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
It seems as if every time NASCAR crowns a new champion -- or the same one in Jimmie Johnson's case -- the question comes up as to whether race car drivers are athletes. It's an ongoing debate that probably never will be settled, but former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb definitely has an opinion on the matter. During a Fox Sports 1 segment Friday, McNabb was asked where Johnson fell among the greatest athletes of the decade. After stating Johnson is ranked third on his take of the decade's best (behind Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant)
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February 29, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR on Wednesday suspended Jimmie Johnson's crew chief and car chief for six races, and docked Johnson 25 title points, after the car driven by the five-time Sprint Cup Series champion failed opening-day inspection for the Daytona 500. The sanctioning body found that the No. 48 Chevrolet had an unapproved C-post -- the sheet of metal connecting the roof and rear quarter panel -- that might have improved the car aerodynamically. Johnson's team, Hendrick Motorsports, said it would appeal the suspension levied against crew chief Chad Knaus and car chief Ron Malec, and both can remain at races during the appeal starting with Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway.
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July 6, 2013 | Wire reports
Jimmie Johnson is the first driver in 31 years to sweep Daytona International Speedway in Florida. The Daytona 500 winner became the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982, and the fifth overall, to win both races in a season at Daytona. The five-time NASCAR champion was the leader on the restart for a two-lap sprint to the finish in overtime Saturday night. He held off Kevin Harvick on the restart, and then pulled out front to a sizeable lead. Tony Stewart moved into second and may have been timing his attempt to make a pass for the lead when a caution in the middle of the pack froze the field.
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November 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at the weekend's motor racing, including Jimmie Johnson's sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup title and Sebastian Vettel's win victory at the U.S. Grand Prix, five things come to mind: Johnson raises an extraordinarily high bar even higher. Imagine how daunting Johnson's the 38-year-old driver's dominance feels to his peers. In It must be disheartening. Take Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne. They're among NASCAR's best and had a shot at this year's title by making the Chase for the Cup playoff.
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November 17, 2013 | By George Diaz
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Jimmie Johnson began the 2013 NASCAR season celebrating a victory at the Daytona 500, accidentally tearing up his car during a celebratory burnout. He finished the season in celebratory mode again at Homestead on Sunday, completing the perfect bookends to a 36-race grind by winning his sixth NASCAR Cup title. "Yes, yes, yes!" Johnson screamed over the radio after the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Denny Hamlin's first victory of the 2013 season was obliterated by Johnson's amazing "Six Pack" - a title that brings him to within one championship of tying Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. for most Cup titles in the sport's history.
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