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Jimmie Johnson pays tribute to Cale Yarborough with helmet design

jimmie johnson helmet tribute to Cale Yarborough

Jimmie Johnson is not anticipating anything Sunday, but if it happens, he’ll be ready.

Johnson enters Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive For Autism race at Dover International Speedway with 82 career NASCAR Cup wins.

He’s one win from tying NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for sixth place on the Cup all-time wins list. Yarborough won 83 times in his illustrious career.

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While he attempts to win a record 11th time at Dover, Johnson will kind of have Yarborough with him along for the ride. The seven-time NASCAR Cup champ will wear a special helmet during Sunday’s race that honors Yarborough’s legacy:

If Johnson wins Sunday, he likely will need a new helmet for next week’s race at Pocono. NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison are tied for fourth on the all-time wins list with 84 wins.

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