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Jimmie Johnson completes Boston Marathon

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Jimmie Johnson completed the Boston Marathon on Monday, finishing the 26.2-mile route in 3 hours, 9 minutes and 7 seconds. His average pace was 7:13 per mile.

Johnson placed 4,155th overall. He was 3,746th among men and 641st in his division.

Johnson, who ran with bib number 4848, had stated his goal was to complete the marathon in less than three hours. His wave of runners left the starting line at 10:25 a.m. ET.

“I left the pace I wanted to try to hold and came up a little bit short of my goal,” Johnson told reporters after the race. “I wanted to race it and really run hard and challenge myself. I need some food. I’m afraid to sit down. I might not get back up. Everything is starting to tighten back up right now.”

Johnson said it was “amazing” how many people recognized him and his bib and cheered him on, “from banners and T-shirts. My sponsor Ally was at the firehouse (at mile marker 17) and took it over and decorated and I got a huge applause coming through there.”

Johnson also noted the “camaraderie” among fellow runners and the “energy” and “excitement” from fans with “kids passing out popsicles and waters. It was really amazing.”

For the first time, the marathon took place on the anniversary of the bombings that marked the event six years ago (April 15, 2013). The tragedy left a mark on Hendrick Motorsports.

“We had somebody close to Hendrick Motorsports … was lost in the bombing,” Johnson said. “Sean Collier was a security guard at MIT and was lost trying to apprehend the bombers. His brother (Andrew) worked in our engine shop and I’ve been able to meet with his family and spend time with them and take them to the races. I’ve been trying to bring up his name and honor him.”

Will Johnson return to the marathon in 2020?

“I’ve got to look at the car racing schedule,” Johnson said. “Somebody told me that it doesn’t work out as well. I’d like to have Sunday to recover some. So I need to look at it, but I’ve heard that with my time I’m qualified to come back. So, if I can, I will.”

The 2020 Boston Marathon is scheduled for Monday, April 20. The Cup Series is scheduled to compete at Richmond Raceway the day before.

Kenyan Lawrence Cherono won the marathon in a photo finish over Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa. Cherono won with a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes and 57 seconds.

For a time comparison, this year’s Daytona 500 was completed in 3 hours, 45 minutes and 55 seconds.

The 500-mile Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway took 3 hours, 16 minutes and 11 seconds.

In Johnson’s last Cup win at Dover International Speedway in June 2017, the time of the race was 3 hours, 52 minutes and 6 seconds.

Johnson took part in the marathon two days after competing in the 400 lap Cup race at Richmond Raceway.

Former Cup driver Michael Waltrip competed in the Boston Marathon in 2000 the day after a race at Talladega Superspeedway. He completed the route in 4 hours, 42 minutes and 20 seconds.

Below are tweets documenting Johnson’s marathon experience.

Social Roundup: Reaction to Kyle Busch’s 200th national NASCAR win

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He finally did it.

After a hiccup in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, Kyle Busch led 134 of 200 laps Sunday at Auto Club Speedway to earn his 200th national NASCAR win.

How did Twitter respond?

Let’s start with the winner himself direct from Victory Lane.

Social Roundup: Drivers get to race during tire test at Auto Club Speedway

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The build up to the 2019 Daytona 500 got underway yesterday in California with the first of a two-day Goodyear tire test at Auto Club Speedway.

The first drivers to see on-track action this year were Martin Truex Jr., defending champion Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez.

While it’s Truex (Joe Gibbs Racing) and Suarez’s (Stewart-Haas Racing) first time in the car with their new teams, it’s also one of the first chances drivers have gotten to experience the Cup Series’ new rules package.

With the package, which includes a tapered spacer, teams will have 550 horsepower at tracks 1.33 miles and larger, and 750 horsepower at tracks shorter than 1.33 miles. Auto Club Speedway is a 2-mile oval.

Here’s a look at how the test played out Wednesday via social media. As you can tell, the drivers didn’t keep to themselves on the track.

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NASCAR community welcomes 2019 with anniversaries, weddings, and more

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In case you didn’t notice, it’s now officially 2019.

NASCAR drivers spent the holiday flung far and wide as they celebrate the start of a new calendar year.

Christopher Bell got an early start to his 2019. He and Kyle Larson are in New Zealand for a series of midget and sprint races. Bell celebrated the new year with his fiancé, Morgan.

Joey Logano‘s championship offseason continued with his New Year’s celebration taking him and his wife, Brittany, to New York City.

Meanwhile, Kyle and Samantha Busch get two celebrations in one. New Year’s Eve is also their wedding anniversary. They tied the knot on Dec. 31, 2010.

Corey LaJoie took after Busch as he got married Monday to his fiancé, Kelly.

Ryan Blaney turned a quarter century old.

Ryan Truex spent his last day of 2018 on a beach somewhere.

Check back for more.

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Social Roundup: NASCAR community celebrates Christmas

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Just like that Christmas came and went.

If you’re not ready to say goodbye to the holiday just yet, we’re here to help courtesy of social media roundup of how the NASCAR world celebrated Dec. 25th.

While Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell were busy racing in New Zealand, here’s a look at how the rest of NASCAR’s stars spent their holiday.

 

In the below video, Kyle Busch‘s son, Brexton, receives a go-kart as a gift. The go-kart was built by Corey LaJoie.

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