Among the legends of NASCAR, 7-tim Cup champion Jimmie Johnson ranks near the top not only for his racing Excellence but also for the Excellence he displayed out of the car. Recently, NASCAR honored Johnson with the Bill France Award of Excellence.
An important note is that the award is considered one of NASCAR’s most important, as it honors those who have made a lasting impact on the sport and is not given out annually. It is only given when truly earned.
“What an honor this is and I so honored and grateful of the contributions of the France family,” Johson said upon accepting the award from NASCAR president Steve Phelps and VP, Marketing Initiatives Ben Kennedy.
Johnson’s seven titles equal NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. for most all-time, and his 83 Cup wins put him in a tie with another Hall of Famer, Cale Yarborough, for sixth-most all-time. Johnson retired from full-time NASCAR racing upon the conclusion of the 2020 season.