Jimmie Johnson gets one over on the NASCAR media

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, and his daughter Genevieve Marie look at the Miles The Monster Trophy after Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on June 1, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, and his daughter Genevieve Marie look at the Miles The Monster Trophy after Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on June 1, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Getty Images)

In the world of NASCAR it’s usually pretty hard to keep a secret. Rumors and news fly as fast as a Sprint Cup car at Talladega. There’s even a website dedicated to NASCAR rumors and breaking news.  Keeping the lid on any news is pretty tough; yet six time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, who scored his 68th career victory at Dover Sunday was able to keep the lid on a big story for several months. And as it turns out he wasn’t really trying to hide anything.

During an interview taped with Fox that aired during Sunday, Johnson said that he had undergone hernia surgery during the off-season, right after the NASCAR awards banquet last December.

“Got home Sunday and then went in Monday morning following the banquet,” Johnson said later in his winner’s press conference.  “Surprised nobody knew about this thing sooner.  It wasn’t a secret by any stretch of the imagination.”

Johnson also revealed that he had not one, but three hernias.  MORE>>>

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