Throughout his career, Jimmie Johnson has accomplished a lot of feats rarely done by other drivers. On Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Johnson continued that trend with his 76th career victory — tying him on the all-time list with Dale Earnhardt.
Never a man to miss a chance to honor a legend, Johnson realized what he had accomplished during his victory lap. The Hendrick Motorsports driver told crew chief Chad Knaus he was staying out one more lap to honor Earnhardt.
Knaus’ response? “Throw out the three, man!”
While Johnson says his one regret is never getting a chance to compete with Earnhardt on the track, Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t so sure his father would have wanted that.
Congrats to my friend and teammate @JimmieJohnson on tying my father today in Cup wins. Proud to have ran 2nd on this momentous occasion.
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 28, 2016
Johnson isn’t done just yet. His 76th win came at the age of 40 with his sights still set on winning another championship. If he can pull that off, he’d tie Earnhardt and Richard Petty alone at the top with seven titles during his career.
Considering the fact that Earnhardt won his 76th victory at the age of 49, Johnson seemingly has a lot of time left to eclipse the Intimidator. Just how many lists will Johnson pass Earnhardt on by the end of his racing days?