Jimmie Johnson to Retire after 2020

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  1. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

  2. Last edited: Nov 20, 2019
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  3. DaBiff1618

    DaBiff1618 Team Owner

    He’s one of the best of my lifetime. Hope he has a great life post racing. The only thing that will be more annoying then the announcers telling us every 3 seconds it’s his final season will be the redditors hyping up Larson and Ross Chastain for the ride
     
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  4. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    Wow surprising, yet not surprising. Hope he can get back to victory lane at least one more time before he hangs it up.
     
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  5. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    I just saw this on Twitter. I guess we kinda saw it coming.
    Bob Pockrass
    @bobpockrass

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    Jimmie Johnson will retire from full-time #NASCAR Cup Series racing after the 2020 season. Team news release says: "Hendrick Motorsports will announce plans for its 2021 team alignment at a later date." #nascar
    @NASCARONFOX
     
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  6. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    yep before the ink is dry on Johnson's announcement.
     
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  7. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

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  8. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    I agree about JJ being one of the best and I hate to see him go...but I would love to see Larson get that ride.
     
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  9. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Well, I'm know who I'm rooting for next season.

    One of the greatest to do it, I'm glad he's going out on his terms. JJ has been nothing but class his entire career, but I guess now he's comfortable and is ready to hang it up. He has nothing else to prove and has done everything in NASCAR that could possibly be attained.

    I'm on the bandwagon harder than ever. I'd like to see him go out with a championship, hell just one win at this point.
     
  10. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    Maybe he will win the 2020 championship and then unretire.:)
     
  11. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    That would be hysterical.
     
  12. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    Nah cause then he goes out on top with 8 titles
     
  13. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Team Owner

    I don't think anyone is surprised by that. Jimmie is a legend and and I think he knew the time is right.
    I hope he'll make it to victory lane at least one more time.

    And before I forget, Chastain to the 48!
     
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  14. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Not surprising, but sad nonetheless...I guess this will get me back out to Cup races again next year. I am interested to see what he does afterwards, he’s good friends with Fernando and hasn’t beaten up his body like Gordon had so I think his driving career is still far from over.

    Man, HMS might have a roster of all 20-somethings in a couple of years.
     
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  15. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    I’m not sure we’re prepared for the civil war between the Elliott and Larson fan bases if they compete on the same team. Lol
     
  16. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    Yo, that **** would be insane. @DUN24 would be so torn at times. Lol.

    I'm calling it now, JJ and Jeff in a third Corvette for the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2021.

    Make it happen Chevy, please I beg of you.
     
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  17. Hawaii808

    Hawaii808 Team Owner

    I see JJ spending summers in Colorado riding mountain bikes and sipping tequila with his buddy Lance Armstrong. He's earned a break.
     
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  18. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    If not Larson... I wouldn't mind seeing Harvick in a Chevy again.
     
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  19. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

    The only thing thats surprised me with Johnson is his sudden decline. It’s been like jumping off a cliff. I will still argue it’s more setups than driver but he hasn't been the same since his brakes failed at Pocono.

    At least with Jeff it was a slow burn with flashes here and there.

    Best of luck to him and I hope he can capture a W in 2020. As long as he stays at or below 92 :D
     
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  20. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

  21. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    Let us never forget, Nascar Racing is a Business and Hendrick, like Gibbs, are there to make money. The business is, to supply wins and good finishes for a sponsor and entertainment for the fans. He has certainly not done that for the Ally sponsorship, plus he has, in my opinion, ran his course, plus he is not earning his keep anymore, it is just business.

    This is not a bold prediction at all, JJ will not win the 2020 cup championship.
     
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  22. jws926

    jws926 I need to think of something new for here

    Can't really say I am surprised, and he feels it time, I hope whatever he does, he enjoys the rest of his life , he's earned it.
     
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  23. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    It's sad. Hope he gets the respect he deserves from the fans and the media as NASCAR's GOAT/one of the 2 or 3 GOATS. We've heard more about Kyle's claim to GOAT the last two years than Jimmie's.

    HMS is going to do everything he can to make sure Jimmie goes out on top, to the point where it will be a bigger priority than Chase getting #1 imo. Jimmie will win races next year and make some noise. Don't know if he gets to final 4, but if he does, i'd wager he gets #8.. just because stories are more important than racing, and somehow, it'll happen.

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  24. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    This was supposed to be Joe, JGR, Kyle, and Samantha's week. :rolleyes:
     
  25. Robert J Sublett

    Robert J Sublett Team Owner

    Knew of this last month. Just could not comment. So 7 will remain the bar. There is something good and proper about that.
     
  26. SpeedPagan

    SpeedPagan The iRacing Guru

    As a long time fan of Jimmie Johnson, I'm sadden by this news, but not surprised. I'll watch every race of the 2020 season & I hope Johnson will get that #8.
     
  27. hidesert cowboy

    hidesert cowboy Team Owner

    I wonder if they could or would bring Chad back for one last hooraw. to me it was clear chad was bringing better cars on most weeks to the track for jimmie. I would like to see it. maybe both retire at the same time
     
  28. Robert J Sublett

    Robert J Sublett Team Owner

    No, no chance. The Roval 2018 put an end to that pairing.
     
  29. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    This made me smile.
     
  30. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    How do you know this stuff?

    They can't work together anymore, but can you atleast comment on if they are still friendly?

    To have a friendship killed due to racing, that's just tragic.

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  31. Robert J Sublett

    Robert J Sublett Team Owner

    If I had plastered it everywhere you wouldn't have believed it.
     
  32. Robert J Sublett

    Robert J Sublett Team Owner

    Being from Virginia, talking racing for years on the net and knowing folks who know folks is all I can tell you.
     
  33. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    I agree with @ChexOrWrex that Jimmie's decline appears to have been steeper than many, but it's not really surprising. Age related diminishment of skills varies from one to the next... but they all wind up in the same place within a fairly short span of years... within a handful of years for most. For every Bobby Allison there are a hundred like JJ or Jeff Gordon or Dale Jr or Smoke... declining substantially in the early 40's range.

    It is a testament to how difficult it is to be at the top. When you lose just a bit of your edge, you're no longer at the top... no longer in that rarefied air where you used to be. The lucky ones are those who figure it out timely and deal with it, rather than staying too long trying to deny Father Time.
     
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  34. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    Don't be silly, Robert. Of course I would have believed you.

    I was smiling because Dodge.
     
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  35. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    Ah, he's claimed Dodge is making a comeback?

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  36. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    Well, unless you are contracted/threatened repercussions for saying too much, you can really share whatever you want.

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  37. Robert J Sublett

    Robert J Sublett Team Owner

    The funny part is it looks like somewhere around 75-85 wins is where success seems to dry up. Did so for Waltrip, Allison, Sr., Gordon, and now Johnson. All of those guys at a point looked like they would challenge Pearson and didn't come close.
     
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  38. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    Bold Prediction -- where fantasy, fiction, rumor, and truth commingle.
     
  39. hidesert cowboy

    hidesert cowboy Team Owner

    bring back chad!!!!! let the the 48 ride once more!!!
     
  40. DUN24

    DUN24 Skeptical of the Spectacle

    I've already been there when Larson and Blaney kept wrecking together lol.

    Bummed to see Jimmie go. Let the 48 car sweepstakes begin.
     
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