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7-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson to retire after 2020

Jimmie Johnson will have one last season to chase a record eighth championship in the Cup Series.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson says 2020 will be his final season of full-time racing.

The winningest driver of his era will have a 19th season in the No. 48 Chevrolet and once again chase a record eighth championship. Johnson made the announcement in a video posted on social media.

Johnson has 83 career victories, tied with Cale Yarborough for sixth all-time. His seven titles are tied with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most in the Cup Series.

The 44-year-old Johnson has been in a two-year slump and last won a race in 2017. He had two different crew chief changes this season and missed the playoffs for the first time since the format began in 2004.

WATCH: Jimmie Johnson press conference on retirement

Johnson finished 18th in the final standings. He won his seventh title in 2016.

Credit: AP
In this Nov. 10, 2019, file photo, Jimmie Johnson waves during driver introductions prior to the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.