Jimmie Johnson makes young fan, Beau Smith, an honorary crew member at Pocono

Image courtesy of @TeamHendrick.
Image courtesy of @TeamHendrick.

Image courtesy of @TeamHendrick.

It was the hug seen ’round the NASCAR world.

Beau Smith, a 12-year-old child who is battling illnesses, was on hand at Dover to see his favorite driver Jimmie Johnson. When Smith approached the six-time Sprint Cup champion, he wasn’t able to contain himself and embraced Johnson.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver went on to win the race, but that wasn’t all he remembered from the Monster Mile. JJ made sure to reach out to Smith’s family and get him back to the track at Pocono. On Sunday, Smith was in for the ride of his life as an honorary crew chief for Johnson.

Not only did Beau meet Johnson again, but he also got to hang out with Kasey Kahne, Danica Patrick and even the boss man Rick Hendrick.

“It was great,” Johnson said. “To see him and spend some more time with him (Sunday) was incredible. What a wonderful spirit he has, awesome parents, just blessed to get to know him a little bit over the past two weekends.”

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With a win and a third-place finish over the last two weeks, Smith has served as a good-luck charm for Johnson. Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of Smith at the track.


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