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                                 Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion

                              and three-time NHMS winner, Jimmie Johnson,
                            isn’t just going to miss racing at “The Magic Mile.”

                                                        by Jared Turner

                                         When Jimmie Johnson straps in his race car for Sunday
                                         afternoon’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 and takes the
                                         green flag for what will likely be the final time at New
                                         Hampshire Motor Speedway, it will almost certainly be
                                         a particularly bittersweet moment for the seven-time
                                         NASCAR Cup Series champion.

                                         After all, Johnson’s connections to this part of the country
                                         run much deeper than his on-track success at NHMS, where
                                         he’s captured three premier series victories – the last of
                                         them coming in 2010. In addition to all of this, Johnson has
                                         a special affinity for the area within reasonable distance
                                         of the track, extending as far as an hour and 15 minutes
                                         southeast to Boston where he fulfilled a lifelong dream by
                                         competing in the 2019 Boston Marathon.

                                         For Johnson, trips to New Hampshire Motor Speedway
                                         are about more than jumping in his No. 48 Hendrick
                                         Motorsports Chevrolet and trying to perform well on Sunday
                                         afternoon. They’re also about great memories, and Johnson
                                         has made an awful lot of them, both here at the track and
                                         nearby, since coming to “The Magic Mile” for the first time
                                         as a NASCAR Cup Series driver in July 2002.

                                         What will Johnson miss about New Hampshire race
                                         weekends? In short: a little bit of everything.

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