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Jimmie Johnson Cleared to Return to Racing at Kentucky Speedway

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One of NASCAR’s biggest stars sill return to the track this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson missed last week’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after self-reporting a positive test for COVID-19, becoming the first driver sidelined by coronavirus. Today Hendrick Motorsports announced Johnson has passed the criteria to return to racing, which requires two negative tests 24 hours apart, no symptoms and medical clearance from a physician. Johnson never suffered from any coronavirus symptoms.

“My family is so grateful for the incredible love and support we’ve received over the last several days,” Johnson said in a team release. “I especially want to thank Justin Allgaier for stepping in for me at Indy and being a true pro. I’m excited about getting back to business with my team this weekend.”

Johnson is one of the winningest racers in NASCAR history. His seven Cup championships are tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most all-time. Prior to the start of this season Johnson announced 2020 would be his last ride before retirement.

No fans will be in the stands in Sparta as Kentucky Speedway prepares to host five races this weekend, culminating with Sunday’s Quaker State 400. You can watch all of the action on FS1 beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Article written by Nick Roush

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