Fast Facts About NASCAR Icon Jimmie Johnson

Athletes | 12/12/19

Over the last 15 years, sports fans have been witness to a number of incredible athletes. LeBron James is among the greatest basketball players of all time. Mike Trout has done things that baseball hasn’t seen over the last 50 years or so.

And over in NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson has put together maybe the greatest career any driver has ever had. The dominance hasn’t necessarily been quiet, with Johnson winning 5 straight titles, but his consistent excellence means some fans may not have noticed. Below are some interesting facts about the legendary driver.

Johnson Was Born In California

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Throughout the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, the majority of NASCAR drivers hailed from the South. Of course, there were exceptions to the rule, but states like Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas tended to put a lot of drivers in the chase.

Once the ’90s hit, though, fans started to see a lot of racers hail from California. Jimmie Johnson was born and raised in El Cajon, California. Other drivers who hail from the Golden State include Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, and Casey Mears.