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Jimmie Johnson ‘at home’ with Hendrick despite no contract extension

NASCAR New Hampshire Auto Racing

Jimmie Johnson is seen during practice for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Friday, July 17, 2015, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)


Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson said there was “nothing new” to report regarding a contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports in an interview with USA Today prior to Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

But Johnson also made sure not to give fans any reason to worry.

“I’m home. I’m not going anywhere,” he said.

Johnson, who also has 74 wins in his 15 years of driving for Rick Hendrick, signed a five-year extension that ends at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

The contracts of Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus and his primary sponsor, Lowe’s, also run out then.

“(Team owner) Rick (Hendrick) likes to get things signed up and done well in advance, so there definitely have been conversations,” Johnson told USA Today. “We’re kind of going down the road to get that all buttoned up and put together.”

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