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NASCAR champ, Marathon finisher Jimmie Johnson: ‘I had a great experience’

Boston Herald logo Boston Herald 4/16/2019 Brooks Sutherland
a group of people wearing sunglasses and a hat: Jimmie Johnson, a 7-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, speaks to the press after finishing Monday's 123rd running of the Boston Marathon.  Photo by Brooks Sutherland © Provided by MediaNews Group d/b/a Digital First Media Jimmie Johnson, a 7-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, speaks to the press after finishing Monday's 123rd running of the Boston Marathon. Photo by Brooks Sutherland

Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion finished Monday’s Boston Marathon in 3:09:07, not quite fast enough.

Johnson told reporters he didn’t make his goal but called the marathon an “amazing experience.” He said afterwards that he needed food and was “afraid to sit down,” because he might not get back up.

“That was hard,” he said. “When you run 20 in training, you think that you’re ready, but that extra six miles makes a difference.”

Johnson said he got some warm welcomes from the crowd.

“It was amazing, I couldn’t believe how many people recognized the bib and were cheering me on,” Johnson said, “I had a great experience.”

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