A day with Junior Johnson: Moonshine, ham 'n stories (October 11, 2007)
Driving north along Highway 421 in picturesque Wilkes County, North Carolina, it's quiet, few cars are on the road, and off in the distance, the green pastures and foothills are dotted with farmhouses.
Johnson confident as quest begins for three in a row (January 07, 2008)
Nightmares aside, two-time defending Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is confident that this season he can equal Cale Yarborough's historic run of three consecutive championships.
This 'slumping' summer not like others for Johnson (August 15, 2007)
Jimmie Johnson knows the numbers, and none of them are the No. 1. He has never won at Michigan International Speedway, despite the fact that he has started the last four races there from a top-10 position on the grid, the longest current streak.
Johnson plans for week of charity events near home (August 25, 2007)
Winning races, a championship and racing side-by-side with other Nextel Cup drivers at more than 200 mph each weekend in front of hundreds of thousands of fans and millions of television viewers are just some of the things that excite Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson: Don't expect a conservative effort for title (November 17, 2007)
The record book shows that Jimmie Johnson clinched his first Nextel Cup championship by placing ninth in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway one year ago.
Johnson crashes in final practice, still leads session (September 29, 2007)
Defending Nextel Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson's magical spell over Kansas Speedway continued Saturday, despite a crash in Happy Hour that necessitated going to a backup car.
Champ begins weekend with Jimmie Johnson 150 (April 10, 2008)
Jimmie Johnson will lead the way behind the wheel of another car in Phoenix this weekend, but he won't be going very fast. The two-time defending Cup Series champ will be driving a pace car.
Yarborough wouldn't mind sharing mark with Johnson (February 08, 2008)
He was old enough to begin displaying the talent that would one day make him a champion in NASCAR's top division, but still young enough to be gulled by the power of advertising. Jimmie Johnson was just a kid when he saw his first Hardee's, somewhere on a trip cross-country to race dirt bikes. The tyke burst excitedly into the fast-food restaurant, expecting to see his idol Cale Yarborough tinkering with the No. 28 Hardee's Chevrolet he drove each weekend on television.
Gordon, Johnson remain best of friends, competitors (October 11, 2007)
Their social scenes may be a bit divergent these days -- having a baby will do that -- but Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are hardly strangers. They still go to dinner, still keep part-time residences in New York, still maintain the friendship they've had since they became teammates at Hendrick Motorsports in 2002. Then their relationship was one of mentor and protégé, their conversations often an exchange of questions and advice. That's not as much the case today, when both drivers are champions on the racetrack and near equals off it.
Johnson returns to New York as repeat champion (November 26, 2007)
Jimmie Johnson knows what to expect this week. After all, the driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet got to experience the glitz and the glamour of the Big Apple last year when he won his first Nextel Cup Series championship. This year, he's back for more.
Presidential candidate Obama to sponsor Cup car at Pocono race
A BAM spokesperson has revealed the team will hold a press conference July 23 in Miami to reveal the partnership, currently a proposed one-race deal with an option to continue. Obama will be at the briefing, which will be tied to the "Get Out The Vote" campaign message he spread throughout the 2008 primary season.
Racing sources claim one of the options being considered would allow individual campaign donors to get their name on the race car for as little as $100. Obama will also be present for a second private fundraiser on July 30 in Miami, in which team owners Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau -- staunch Republicans -- will give the Democrat an opportunity to spread his message of change. Randy Moss and Fergie are among the celebrities confirmed to be a part of that fundraiser in support of the candidate and his venture into NASCAR.
According to sources within the sport, the Association for Diversity in Motorsports (AFDIM) was an integral part of bringing the two camps together. Founded in '01, the organization works to heighten awareness of diversity in all forms of motorsports. They hope to tie their efforts in with a "Driving The Vote: Bridging The Gap" campaign to increase voter registration regardless of party affiliation.
While George Bush was prominently featured on Kirk Shelmerdine's No. 72 car in '04, this is the first time a national presidential campaign has actually given its own money to make itself a primary sponsor of a race car. The sport has typically shown itself to be a Republican stronghold, a trend two-time champ Jimmie Johnson recently alluded to when he said he believed John McCain was the candidate of choice for most NASCAR fans this year.
Ken Schrader will drive the entry, a Toyota, at Pocono for BAM, which is outside the top 35 in owner points and must qualify for the race on speed. The team has run just once since Martinsville due to sponsorship concerns, and has just six top-10 finishes in 167 career starts in the Cup series dating back to '02. According to sources, the team will stick with Toyota after making a switch from Dodge back in the spring.
A BAM spokesperson told the website that a press conference is scheduled for July 23 in Miami to announce the one-race deal for the August 3 event. But there could be an option to continue the sponsorship after that race.
The sponsorship of the car would be tied to Obama's "Get Out The Vote" campaign.
NASCAR is a Republican stronghold, with Jimmie Johnson announcing his endorsement of John McCain earlier this week. BAM owners Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau also are Republicans, but they are giving Obama a chance to spread his message of change at a private fundraiser July 30 in Miami, SI.com writes. New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss (who is starting a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team) and singer Fergie are confirmed attendees for that event, supporting Obama as a candidate and his venture into NASCAR.
Ken Schrader will drive the No. 49 Toyota at Pocono. One sticking point of the plan is that the team is outside the top 35 in owner points and must qualify for Pocono on speed.
This is the first time a presidential campaign is purchasing a car sponsorship, though in 2004 Kirk Shelmerdine's car featured messages supporting George Bush.