NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson impresses in Boston Marathon debut
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson completed a much different race than the ones he’s used to on the racecar track Monday.
The 43-year-old Johnson finished his first Boston Marathon on Monday with an impressive time of 3:09:07 — which is right under the prestigious race’s qualifying range for his age group.
Johnson said beforehand he was aiming to run a sub-3-hour race, but rainy and humid conditions didn’t make that goal easy. By comparison, the Daytona 500 finished in three hours, 45 minutes and 55 seconds this year.
“That was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done,” Johnson tweeted after the race, “what an experience.”
That was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, what an experience! Unofficially 3:09:07 for the 🏁 #BostonMarathon#Boston2019pic.twitter.com/1lZBH2aPvn
I can’t even keep up with the messages and social notifications on my phone. You guys rock! Fans on course, family and friends, media members, all of you on social – thank you for the support pic.twitter.com/c613jhzwwC
Johnson ran the marathon just two days after competing in the 400-lap Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway, where he finished 12th.
He’d previously told reporters of the months of training leading up to the race: “It’s not like I’ve never run before, but to increase the volume and the daily miles required, it’s crazy what you put your body through.”
Johnson has won seven NASCAR Cup championships, tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. for most in series history. His 83 Cup wins are tied for sixth all time with Cale Yarborough.
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