Jimmie Johnson: Joining double-digit club would be significant milestone

DOVER, DE - MAY 29: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Pro Services Chevrolet, climbs into his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE - MAY 29:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Pro Services Chevrolet, climbs into his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2015 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE – MAY 29: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet, climbs into his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 29, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

DOVER, Del. – With his next victory at Dover International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson will join an exclusive club.

Currently, there are only four drivers in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history who have won 10 or more races at the same track.

Richard Petty accomplished the feat at five different venues: Daytona (10), Martinsville (15), North Wilkesboro (15), Richmond (13) and Rockingham (11). Darrell Waltrip, the only other driver in the double-digit club at more than one track, amassed 12 victories at Bristol, 11 at Martinsville and 10 at North Wilkesboro.

David Pearson won 10 races at Darlington, and Dale Earnhardt Sr. 10 at Talladega, and their two names are inexorably linked to those tracks—just as Johnson’s will be at Dover when and if he records his 10th victory at the Monster Mile, an accomplishment that could come
as early as Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks race (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

“At this track, and at Martinsville (where he has eight wins)—there are a few tracks where I’m in a really neat position to chase history,” Johnson said before Friday’s opening Sprint Cup practice at Dover. “It’s not a situation I ever thought I’d find myself in, but now that I’m here, it’s certainly in front of me. It’s on my mind, and it’s something I would love to do.

“If I was able to accomplish it, I’d just be honored to be in that same situation that had been done by Dale Earnhardt Sr. I never had the chance to race against him. It’s one big empty void that I have in my career, I feel, is that I never had a chance to be crashed by him or to have a tire mark put on my car to pass, or to be passed by (him).

“That whole experience, I didn’t have that opportunity, and I so wish that I did.”

About Greg Engle 7420 Articles
Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.