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Jarit Johnson Driver Diary: Heads Held High, Helping Out & a Cowboy in the House

We’ve been working on the racecars this summer. Right now, the cars are just sitting here ready to go. They just need some paint and Bondo. Right now I’m pretty focused on the business because the economy is so tough. We’re knocking on doors, trying to find sponsorship. We’re having a heck of a time …

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Jarit Johnson Driver Diary: Behind the Scenes, Still Searching & A New Niece

It’s not easy or cheap to run a race team. You’ve got all the overhead. The way we raced last year we made ends meet and were still competitive. We relied on volunteers and sponsors to provide us the parts and pieces we needed. Some of the teams at the racetrack in the K&N Pro …

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Jarit Johnson Driver Diary: Getting Something Started, Expanding & Family Time

Joe Nemechek gave me an opportunity to go and run his Nationwide Series car at Nashville. It was locked in the show, so we were just trying to keep it up in the points. Joe’s guys are really great guys and he has really good equipment. So I went to Nashville and ran half the …

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Jarit Johnson Driver Diary: Kicking Off 2010, 1 Big Project & 2 Easter Egg Hunts

We had everything put together for Greenville-Pickens. We pretty much had a new car to go down there with and off the trailer we were pretty good. In the first practice we were fifth to eighth. In the second practice the track got a little bit greasy and we fell off a little bit. We …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Jarit Johnson on Making It As an Independent, Family… & Cheese

Making it in NASCAR isn’t easy and for Camping World East Series owner/driver Jarit Johnson, there’s another, surprising obstacle: his name. When your older brother is the Sprint Cup champion, it can be hard to pave your own way in the same sport. But Johnson is trying to do just that, and without a full-time …

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Holding a Pretty Wheel: The 2 NHMS Gems You Probably Didn’t See

LOUDON, N.H. – Each Monday in the Frontstretch newsletter, Tom Bowles brings readers the “Secret Star of the Race.” This is the driver who has a great run but gets little mention on television, not getting the credit he deserves for a strong performance. Thinking about that this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I …

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Nuts for Nationwide: NASCAR’s Future is Now at Memphis

Let’s face it. The Chase for the Sprint Cup is over. Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team are on just the latest of their trademark rolls, and coming off a dominant win at Martinsville stand poised to defend another race title at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Sure, other guys will contend for …

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