Jimmie Johnson to Retire after 2020

Discussion in 'NASCAR chat' started by aunty dive, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    Oh goodie, weekly coverage of another farewell tour for all of next year.
    But I digress.
    IMO I don't think JJ has it in him to hang around to work out the bugs of the 2021 package.
    He threw his hail Mary with the CC change and that was that.
    Miles and miles on the bike and the Nascar Hall of Fame awaits him.
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  2. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Except I think it was @jaqua19 that first brought Kyle into this thread...;)
  3. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    This commercial really hits home after yesterday
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  4. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    Steve Waid


    Johnson's impending retirement continues the recent streak of stars to move on. Yes, others remain but the door is wide open for others to attempt to occupy their ranks. Critics aside, of this there is no debate: Johnson is one NASCAR's all-time greatest drivers. Period. #nascar
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  5. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    It's on me that a KB fan comes in and trolls a JJ thread. Like TheGeneral would do.

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  6. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    The same things were said about and by Jeff Gordon, and his post retirement racing endeavors have amounted to a grand total of ONE race. I for one would LOVE to see Jimmie go race some other things, but the fact is these kind of deals are a LOT harder to put together than they used to be, and people aren't just spitting out cash to make them happen the way they once did. It seems no matter what is said at the time, the itch to go race again seems to die pretty quickly for most of these guys once they get out of the car. The hard core dirt track guys may be the one exception, but Jimmie is not one of those guys, and the risk of getting hurt is fairly high, something the wives aren't to thrilled about.
  7. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses.

    I think you're forgetting Jeff's 8-race stint covering for Jr. in the last half of '16. But other than that, yeah.
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  8. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    I don't see him racing like Stewart, Bill Elliott did.
  9. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    Oh, come on, friends, let's not get into a Kyle fans vs. JJ fans argument/discussion. There's really no need to call others out over
    inconsequential matters.
    Personally, I hate to see JJ retire after next season. But his girls are getting old enough to need/want their dad at school functions.
    Now, THIS is something I'd like to see happen --- LOL
  10. Barbara Charles

    Barbara Charles Team Owner

  11. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    Well, I didn't include those races because he was asked to fill in in an emergency situation. He did not seek out the opportunity.
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  12. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    Good luck getting Junior is one of those cars again.
  13. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    Yeah, that's what I thought, too. But familiarity with Daytona might lure him back.
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  14. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    The problem with this scenario is what make of car would they drive? Besides, the only class that would be all that practical to do a one off deal like this would be in the GTD class, and at least at this point in time, neither Ford nor GM compete in that class.
  15. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    We can hope. I would love to see it.
  16. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    Oh, yes, I know it would be almost to pull off, but a girl can dream, can't she? :D
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  17. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

  18. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    so true.... they all said "retire from full time Cup racing" leaving the door open that they would be racing in IMSA or Xfinity series races. The only one to still do any racing whatsoever is Tony. Well I am guess I am forgetting Jr's one Xfinity race a year but that seems its more for the convenience of Jr Motorsports sponsor agreements. I didnt really expect actually for Dale Jr to run more races in anything, I would hate for him to get another concussion, thats one I wish he wouldnt even get in a car. I am bummed Jeff Gordon doesnt race more, I was kind of excited when he left he door open at his retirement he would race in other series, but outside of the 17 Rolex he hasnt done anything. Which makes me think his back may have been worse off than let on. So...... if anything I hope JJ is the one to be this continent's version of Fernando Alonso, race anything anytime, any where, any place. On the DJD he said he'd be open to running IMSA and Indy Car road races, I at least hope he does one of those. His health is still pretty good from what we know and seems like he still wants to race. But we'll see, you're right once they get outta the car and enjoy being a civilian with the bank accounts they have...... id ask the same thing, why get back in a car??
  19. be9ak7ts16

    be9ak7ts16 Johali Lives

    All I got to say is enjoy your retirement JJ. If the bug gets you to run a race or two I’ll be happy to see you.
  20. Joker

    Joker #1 Harvick Fan

    This thread just makes me sad and nostalgic and very glad Kevin is still kicking ass in his mid 40s.
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  21. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    Hopefully Kevin sees a slower falloff than Jimmie did. Jimmie looked like a serious title threat again in 2017 with 3 wins by June. Then he just disappeared from the top 5, and hasn't really been close to a win outside of the Roval last year.
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  22. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    I hope he is a true throwback and races into his 50's. Harv just keeps getting better. But when the dropoff happens and it will because it happened to all of em..... its steep.
  23. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

  24. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    Well thats interesting.... would HMS run the 48 part time maybe? or what would be cool is if HMS partnered with a team and made it their satellite team, so then one full time team for whoever it is and JJ Part time in another ride for that team while JJ helps develop said team and maybe test parts/setups for HMS. I really hope he still drives for Cup, I think hes still got something left but that 36 week grind wants no more part of it
  25. Marcingak

    Marcingak Team Owner

    This has probably already been posted but I am really surprised that Johnson will retire after next year. On the Dale Jr. Download a few months ago he said he doesn't have any plans on retiring anytime soon.
  26. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    Anyone watch the press conference? Jimmie is excited for 2020, but you can tell that he seems unburdened. Looks to me like a man ready to collect retirement tbh. I don't think this was a hard decision for him. He looks like he's ready to hang it up

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  27. nascarwoman

    nascarwoman Admin Staff Member

    Suddenly it just feels like the right time.
  28. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    It's really crazy to me that I went to 18 cup races from 2002-2017 and never saw Jimmie Johnson win in person. That includes 4 trips to Dover.
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  29. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    Likewise. I've been to mostly nh. Started going there in 2004.

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  30. Switchback

    Switchback Team Owner

    As I age things like this make me think a lot more than they used to.
    I started watching Nascar in 2001. Jimmie came in the next year and pretty much set the Nascar world on fire. I was never a hard core Jimmie fan but I liked his personality and no one with any common sense can doubt how incredibly he was behind the wheel.
    It's pure luck that the driver I latched onto (harvick) is the only one left performing at a high level from that generation of drivers . I hate it but I know his days are numbered too.

    For me, Jimmie will go down as the goat cause I actually watched it happen. He whooped my driver and the rest of the field time and time again. If he was in the top five on a late restart, the race was in question. He could just make that car stick when it mattered. Often times with a car that was no where near the class of the field.
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  32. Turtle84

    Turtle84 gained a step

    That would be awesome for the Rolex 24. Assemble retired all Hendrick team JJ, Jeff, Jr, and Mark Martin for a reunion.
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  33. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    Kudos for acknowledging that last sentence..he's won way more races like that than anyone we've seen. People tweak about "raw talents" doing that today..but Jimmie literally made a career of that. Jimmie was the most clutch driver we've seen. 2015 fall Texas race highlights what you said here. Brad K lead over 300 laps, no one ran within a second of him for more than 2 lap.. it was ridiculous. But of course he didn't win

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  34. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    That could fun, but put Tony in there. Same era, all friends. 4 guys out to lunch for the Rolex 24.

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  35. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    That is what "My Retirement" looks like. :D
  36. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    ROTFL ---
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  37. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    Jimmie is the all time win leader at 7 tracks. Wow

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  38. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    NVM, that's not true. It's 6.

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  39. JJ_14

    JJ_14 Formerly Elliot_Fan_9

    Still impressive.
  40. kyle18fan

    kyle18fan Proud member of Rowdy Nation Contributor

    Ancient history :idunno: Kyle has always been real nice to me and the family, I have no problems with that end of things. I have no clue how this " stupid hat boy " rates for class as I don't know who that is.

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