Jimmie Johnson finishes fifth in final NASCAR race

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson competed in his final race in the sport on Sunday. He finished in fifth place at the Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.

Also, in his final race, Johnson led four laps. He was the first driver behind the Champion 4 drivers, which actually finished 1-2-3-4.

Ally Chevrolet driver Jimmie Johnson waves to fans as he is driven on the track during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500
Jimmie Johnson waves to fans as he is driven on the track during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 (Getty Images)

“It does,” Johnson said. “I didn’t realize that was the case. And Evie told me that on pit lane. She said, Daddy, I think you won. She said, No, the first four cars were in the championship and you beat everybody else. She brought it to my attention and had her own version of my winning, which I appreciated.

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“Just a good competitive day. I could see the 11 up there and was slowly catching him but just kind of ran out of laps. It was nice to keep my eyes forward and have a great car and race that hard all day long.”

The legend will now focus his sights on an opportunity in the NTT IndyCar Series. Johnson has been announced as a driver for Chip Ganassi Racing.

He will drive the Carvana Racing entry that will be known as the Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing.

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Johnson departs the sport as a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion. He; however, is the first driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to win five straight Championships.

He goes out with 83 career wins. All 83 wins came with Hendrick Motorsports.

“It definitely feels good for my final race to run well,” he said. “A big tent full of friends here watching. My family was clearly here. I didn’t have too much riding on today. Making sure that I had a good run just because I always plan to run well. In my head I always feel like I should.

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“But ultimately this year is just a little bit bittersweet for me. And to have the issues we’ve had and not be competitive down the stretch, not make the Playoffs, all that still stings. But to finish with a solid top 5 to close things out is nice.”

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