CHARLOTTE, North Carolina- Learning that her favorite driver has announced his retirement after the 2020 Monster Energy Cup season, Jimmie Johnson fan Linda Ackman was being completely honest when admitting she thought the seven-time champion had already called it a day after 2016. “This is really great news that Jimmie has made an announcement he will be stepping away from NASCAR after next year, but I don’t remember him racing this year, to tell you the truth, and thought he had already gone,” said Ackman, who had watched the entire season and not noticed her racing hero at all. “Jimmie has had some off years but still been a factor here and there and sometime around Martinsville it dawned on he me must have just retired and not said a word, because there was not a mention of him the rest of the season. He made the playoffs, right?”

Ackman admitted she felt stupid about all this and especially about the hate mail she had sent to Johnson right after Martinsville.