HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Though Jimmie Johnson’s sixth championship isn’t a sure thing, and a potential seventh is still at least a year away, Richard Petty believes Johnson is poised to join the exclusive club in which only he and Dale Earnhardt currently are members, as seven-time champions.
And Petty doesn’t expect the domination of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team to end any time soon.
“Right now, it’s seven and seven — then it will be seven, seven, seven — and he’s liable to go to 10 [titles],” Petty said Friday after a “Fresh from Florida” sponsor announcement for Richard Petty Motorsports.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is partnering with RPM to run the No. 43 Ford driven by Aric Almirola under the aegis of the “Fresh from Florida” campaign, an initiative designed to build awareness and sales of fresh seafood, produce and other Florida products.
“Fresh from Florida” will sponsor Almirola at Darlington next year, as well as three NASCAR Nationwide Series races with a driver still to be chosen. Michael Annett, who drives the No. 43 RPM Ford in the NNS this year, is vacating the ride to drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next year.
Petty joked about carrying a sign that reads “Will work for food.”
“That’s what we’re doing on this deal,” he said.