Jimmie Johnson throwing back to off-road racing days for Southern 500

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Before he came to NASCAR and won 83 Cup races and seven championships, Jimmie Johnson made his living on the dirt, competing in off-road racing.

That period of his racing career, which took place in the mid-1990s, will be focus of Johnson’s throwback paint scheme this weekend at Darlington Raceway (6 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN).

Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 will look like the 1990 Chevy Thunder Sportside he drove in the Baja 1000 Trophy Truck division in 1995.

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