Jimmie Johnson Stays in NASCAR Through 2020

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Snapped Winless Streaks at Michigan Before

Johnson agreed to a three-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports through 2020.

In addition, Lowe's Companies Inc. has extended its longstanding relationship with Hendrick Motorsports after signing an agreement that will continue its full-season, 38-race primary sponsorship of Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS team through 2018. Johnson was able to complete 20 laps in the backup auto in the final session and was ninth overall on the speed chart. In fact, in three of his last four races where he started in the rear, Johnson went on to win, that includes his championship win at Homestead last November.

With seven titles and 83 victories, how much more can he win?

"Any contract I sign right now with my age is probably going to raise questions". He's a great champion, a terrific advocate for Lowe's and a true ambassador for NASCAR. Since joining the organization in 2002, Johnson has only known one team, one sponsor, and one crew chief.

Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick said the union between the team, driver, sponsor and crew chief Chad Knaus - Johnson's crew chief throughout his career - has been a flawless match from the start.

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The Hendrick Motorsports team initially thought it could fix the damage, but after almost two hours of work, the team determined the damage to the front of the auto was too much to race.

While many factors can play a role in a driver's chances of winning - including team, equipment and ability - should Johnson still win at even a 13 percent clip through the 2020 season, that would give him 17 wins and put him at 100.

Two weeks ago at Dover, Johnson's got his 83rd Cup win and tied Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time victory list. "Certainly, would love to climb further up the ladder there (in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series). I couldn't be more proud to represent everyone at Lowe's and Hendrick Motorsports, and I continue to be as grateful for the opportunity as I was when we started". Eight championships, I would love to stand alone at that, but that is all predictable and easy stuff. "It's hard to tell where it's going to go, but my faith is in Rick". The partnership between the three sides is the longest driver-sponsor-team one in the sport's top division.

"We watched Mark race deep into his career and be super competitive, race for championships into his 50s, " Johnson said.

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