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Jimmie Johnson expects to have contract extension with Hendrick announced ‘before long’

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 500 - Practice

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 17: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrole sits in his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 17, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson says he’s not worried about his contract with Hendrick Motorsports expiring after this season.

“We are always talking and working on the details,’’ Johnson said Friday at Auto Club Speedway. “We don’t have anything ready yet, but I’m sure we will announce before long. As you can tell, I’m not overly concerned. I feel very confident we will get something put together with Lowe’s as our primary sponsor.

“Hendrick is my home, so I’m not worried about where that stuff will actually be executed and what point the season it will be executed, but I know it will happen soon.”

Hendrick Motorsports announced in Sept. 2015 that Johnson and Lowe’s had signed contact extensions through the 2017 season. Crew chief Chad Knaus’ contract with Hendrick Motorsports goes through 2018.

Johnson, the reigning series champion, has spent his entire Cup career driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Lowe’s has been with him from the beginning.

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