DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has never hitched a ride for an afternoon on a champion’s float that snakes down closed city streets.
The professional sports teams bask in the celebration of hundreds of thousands of fans screaming in adulation and spraying beer from sidewalks in a frenzy as confetti flies from the sky.
Johnson’s top reward for winning it all, a rally once at one of his sponsor’s stores a few miles away from his California hometown.
The NASCAR champion traditionally gets a party in victory lane at the season finale and throws a bash at the postseason banquet.
It’s all good fun, but even a seven-time champion wouldn’t mind a parade.
“I have to admit, that would be a nice add to the NASCAR champions schedule,” Johnson said. “It would be really cool.”
Johnson, a regular visitor to the White House when he reigned as NASCAR’s champ, had already initiated his own