Jimmie Johnson signs extension with Hendrick Motorsports through ’20

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has signed a contract extension to remain at Hendrick Motorsports through 2020.

The 41-year-old Johnson, who won his seventh title in 2016 to match the NASCAR record for championships held by Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, is tied for sixth in all-time wins with 83. He has a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup-series high three wins this year, and the extension likely will allow him to challenge Jeff Gordon‘s 93 victories for third on the list.

In addition to signing Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports signed Lowe’s to a one-year extension of its deal to continue as the full-season sponsor of Johnson through 2018.

“Jimmie is one of the best to ever drive,” Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick said in a news release. “We’re so fortunate to have him as part of our organization, and I feel even luckier to call him a friend. He’s a great champion, a terrific advocate for Lowe’s and a true ambassador for NASCAR. There’s no better

Article source: http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/19652769/hendrick-motorsports-extends-jimmie-johnson-2020

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