Seven-time champ Johnson to retire after 2020 season

Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson announced on Wednesday that 2020 will be his final season as a full-time driver in NASCAR’s Cup Series.

“I’m so thankful for 18 incredible years of racing in NASCAR,” Johnson said in a video over Twitter. “The sport has been good to me. It has allowed me to do something I truly love. I showed up chasing a dream and achieved more than I ever thought possible.

“I’m looking forward to next season and celebrating what will be my last year as a full-time NASCAR Cup driver. I know what this team is capable of, and I hope 2020 is one of the best yet.”

Johnson won his first five championships in 2006-10 before claiming titles in 2013 and 2016. He is tied with Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most championships all-time in NASCAR’s top series.

The 44-year-old Johnson is a two-time Daytona 500 winner (2006, 2013) while his 83 victories are tied with Cale Yarborough for sixth place on NASCAR’s all-time win list.

Johnson’s last win came in June 2017 at Dover International Speedway.