Johnson, Jimmie Kenneth

Johnson, Jimmie Kenneth,

1975–, American auto racer, b. El Cajon, Calif. Johnson began racing at five on motorcycles, progressed to off-road buggies and trucks as a teenager, and then to stock cars on the American Speed Association circuit in 1997 and NASCAR's Busch (now Xfinity) Series in 2000. Driving full-time in what is now NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series since 2002, he became the first driver to win the championship five years in a row (2006–10). He subsequently tied Richard PettyPetty, Richard,
1937–, American auto racing driver, b. Level Cross, N.C. The son of Lee Petty, a champion stock car race driver, he won a record 200 National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing races, among them a record seven Daytona 500s, in his 35-year career
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 and Dale EarnhardtEarnhardt, Dale
(Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr.) , 1951–2001, American auto racing driver widely regarded as stock car racing's greatest star, b. Kannapolis, N.C. The 1979 National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Rookie of the Year, he became, initially in
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 for most championships after two additional series titles (2013, 2016).
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