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TALLADEGA, ALABAMA - JUNE 22:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on June 22, 2020 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Jimmie Johnson looking forward to Kentucky Speedway return following positive COVID-19 test

An upbeat Jimmie Johnson said Friday that his feelings have spanned anger, anticipation and ultimately optimism in the week since his positive test for COVID-19, setting an emotional tone for his return to stock-car racing this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

NASCAR officials cleared the way for Johnson’s return Wednesday. The 44-year-old driver was required to have two negative COVID-19 tests spaced at least 24 hours apart, an absence of symptoms, plus clearance by a physician.

"I don’t know how to add clarity and advice in what changes need to take place," Johnson said. "I unfortunately feel that there’s a lot to still be learned in the professional field on this, in the medical field on this, and I – like everyone else – am eagerly awaiting that instruction, that knowledge, a vaccine, better testing if it’s required, better screening. There’s just more questions than answers for a lot of us. I certainly don’t have the answers for everybody."

Read all of Johnson’s statements regarding his test results, missing the Brickyard, and returning, via: