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NASCAR world upset as Jimmie Johnson misses out on unanimous election to Hall of Fame


Jimmie Johnson was among the racing legends who were elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday along with crew chief Chad Knaus and Donnie Allison.

Johnson won seven NASCAR Cup Championships during his career, which is tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most all time. Johnson’s first five came consecutively. 

He is also the all-time winningest driver at five tracks, including Auto Club Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. In addition to that, he won Driver of the Year five times and was the first racing driver to win The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in the U.S. He had 83 total Cup wins.


Jimmie Johnson at HOF Voting Day

Jimmie Johnson speaks with the media after receiving the votes to be inducted during the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Day at NASCAR Hall of Fame on Aug. 2, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

With all the accomplishments under Johnson’s belt, he did not earn the election unanimously. He earned only 93% of the vote from a 57-person panel that included NASCAR executives, drivers, crew chiefs, reporters and industry contributors.

Knaus seemed to take exception.

“If he isn’t a unanimous vote, I don’t know that anybody ever will be,” Knaus said. “He’s the nicest guy and the best to ever sit in a NASCAR race car. He contributes to our sport and to society in so many different ways through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. He is the ideal picture of a Hall of Fame inductee.”

Jimmie Johnson in Texas

Jimmie Johnson, #48, celebrates his win in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp, File)

Knaus was not the only person to take an issue.


Still, Johnson was honored to go into the Hall.

“I wouldn’t say there was doubt, but it was great to hear my name called,” he said, via “… They had so many key moments to this 19-year career I had which have led to this opportunity in the Hall, and those emotions just started running through my brain, through my mind.

Jimmie Johnson in Kentucky

Driver Jimmie Johnson poses outside Kentucky Speedway before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Sparta, Kentucky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)


“And then right in front of me was Brooke and Chad (Knaus), and to see so many images with Chad and I together, I’m like, ‘Oh, gosh, I hope he gets in, right?’ That’s the other component to this that I was really hopeful for. A lot of very deserving names on the ballot. I am a bit biased and very thankful that Chad and I are going in together.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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