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AVONDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, is congratulated by Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, and  team owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rick Hendrick after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway on November 08, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Jimmie Johnson earns Bill France Award of Excellence

Jimmie Johnson closes out his full-time NASCAR career with one of the sport’s highest recognitions.

The seven-time Cup Series champion earned the Bill France Award of Excellence, which recognizes those who have made a massive impact on NASCAR during their time in the industry. The award is not given out annually, further emphasizing its importance. Johnson joins the likes of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joe Gibbs, Richard Childress and Roger Penske, who have also received this honor.

"I am truly surprised and honored to receive this award. I wasn’t expecting it walking in here. I know the importance of it, and I’m really, really honored. So thank you."

—- NASCAR.com