NASCAR’s Johnson OK’d to race after 2 negative virus tests


FILE – In this March 24, 2019, file photo, driver Jimmie Johnson (48) greets fans during driver introductions prior to the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. As he prepares for his final season of full-time racing, the most accomplished driver of his generation has changed his mindset. “I’m not chasing anything,” said Johnson, who is determined to enjoy his 19th and final Cup season. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and has been cleared to race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway.

Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. He was tested after his wife received a positive result. Hendrick Motorsports says Johnson tested negative on Monday and Tuesday and will return to the No. 48 Chevrolet.

Johnson’s streak of 663 consecutive starts – most among active drivers – was snapped when he didn’t race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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