NASCAR Throwback Thursday: Jimmie Johnson loses brakes at Watkins Glen

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.
Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Let’s take everyone back to the year 2000. Jimmie Johnson had no championships, wasn’t challenging Dale Earnhardt for wins or titles while driving for Hendrick Motorsports.

A blossoming 24-year-old driver, JJ was instead trying to gain his NASCAR bearings in the Busch Series. In his first NASCAR race at Watkins Glen, Johnson was just past the halfway point in his No. 92 Alltel Chevrolet.

That was when it all went wrong.

Johnson lost his brakes, shot across the grass and directly into the styrofoam wall. The vicious crash had a great ending, however, as Johnson climbed from his car and threw his hands up in the air to the fans.

This crash came just a month after Adam Petty was involved in a fatal crash and months before Earnhardt was killed in the Daytona 500. Luckily another future NASCAR star was not wasn’t taken during this wreck and would go on to challenge the Intimidator in the record books.

15 years later, Johnson is still looking for his first win at the Glen. But after walking away from that massive wreck, his fans are just happy to have him still on the track to fight for that elusive victory.


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