7 time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson plans to retire after the 2020 season. I haven’t watched a lot of NASCAR since my favorite driver Dale Jarrett retired years ago. Plus, I’m really not a fan of the stage racing, drivers no longer racing to get their laps back and the so called playoffs. I’ll watch NASCAR until football starts. After that I have to really search to find out what TV networks is carrying the race. Remember when races everywhere would sell out. When fans would be crammed into the back stretch. Remember when Jeff Gordon was going to win his 5th championship? Jimmie Johnson came into the series and put that to rest. Johnson won 5 championships in a row from 2006 to 2010. He has 83 wins which is sixth all time tied with Cale Yarborough, but Johnson hasn’t won since June of 2017.
Over the course of my radio career I’ve been able to meet a lot of famous people & get autographs including one from Richard Petty the first driver to win 7 championships. I actually went to his last race which was at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1992. That Hooter’s 500 also happened to be Jeff Gordon’s first NASCAR race. Anyway when Richard Petty was in Amarillo from their motorcycle ride across the country I got his autograph which is my favorite of all the people that I’ve had the opportunity to meet.
We were doing a remote at the gas station at I-40 & Georgia and I asked him to sign the ticket. He said he had never seen the ticket before. My only regret that day was I didn’t say “gentlemen start your engines” when I did my last break. It would have been epic because as soon as I was done they fired up all the motorcycles at the same time.