Jimmie Johnson reveals how one of his biggest fears came true: “Painful in many ways, lasting”


In a recent conversation with Graham Bensinger, Jimmie Johnson opened up about his early days of racing, and the seven-time champion shared some interesting details about himself. In what may come as a surprise to many NASCAR fans, the NASCAR legend did not immediately start on the NASCAR trajectory. Instead, he dreamed of competing in the motocross arena. However, he was a little afraid to run on two wheels, and it came true.

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He noted, “There was a time in Oklahoma, for the mini Nationals. I fell and a jumper came over it, a little on the side of my chest to my armpit. It was the first day of the seven days of racing this summer. Painful in many ways, long lasting. There was an accident at the first corner of Barona Oakes, my local track. Which then led to a few laps later in an accident and knee fracture and reconstructive knee surgery. “

When he was 12, his father forced him to stop running on a bicycle. This was largely from a safety point of view, as many young people got injured. Johnson himself admitted he was quite injury prone and broke several bones during his cycling career.

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What else did Jimmie Johnson say about the crash?

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My 8th birthday. It wasn’t the first corner or being so crushed. I was on a small bike and the jumps were designed for bigger bikes. Some of the fastest kids in my class were brave enough to try them out, and I didn’t have that bravery to just send him off the jumps. At one point in my cycling career, it slowed me down and kept me from moving forward. “

DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 15: Chevrolet Camaro # 48 Hendrick Motorsports Ally driver Jimmie Johnson during final testing of the Daytona 500 on February 15, 2020 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by David Rosenblum / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

He admitted that there had been a few fatalities surrounding the sport. It often happened to children from head injuries. In fact, bone fractures were quite common. Johnson also admitted he was “disappointed” to give up a career as an aspiring racing cyclist. However, he always believed that running was still his calling, even though his latest injury saw him breaking both feet and seven toes.

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Well, NASCAR fans can only be happy that Johnson has graced the sport where he made a name for himself as one of the greatest of all time.

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