If the word excellence was in a NASCAR dictionary, it’s likely that Jimmie Johnson’s portrait and unmistakable No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Camaro would appear alongside the definition. For the past 16 years, the native of El Cajon, Calif. has blazed his own trail as one of NASCAR’s top racers in nearly meteoric fashion.
After every Bristol Motor Speedway race, it’s rare to see a car that doesn’t sport the concrete beast’s badges of honor. At the end of the Bass Pro Shops NRA night race, Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Monster Energy/HAAS Automation Ford Fusion also wasn’t in showroom condition, but it got the job done.
After 98 starts with eight oh-so-close runner-up finishes in the NASCAR Cup Series, Chase Elliott finally broke through at Watkins Glen International. Indeed, the Dawsonville Pool Hall finally got to ring the siren as one of their proud sons won a Cup race for the first time since 2003.
Over the years, racing series like NASCAR and ARCA have worked hard to embrace diversity with its talents in the cars and over the wall. In this case, Venturini Motorsports proudly fields the No. 25 N29 Capital Partners Toyota Camry for 21-year-old racer Natalie Decker of Eagle River, Wis.