NASCAR's Iconic Numbers: 48 and Jimmie Johnson Join the Group

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NASCAR's Iconic Numbers: 48 and Jimmie Johnson Join the Group
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Jimmie Johson in the #48 Lowes Chevy

Drivers in NASCAR jump form job to job these days, like they do in many other sports. There was a time when drivers drove for the same car owners for their whole career. Sometimes, the drivers owned the cars or were related to the owners, so there was not a lot of mobility. When top drivers changed cars, it was big news.

So there are drivers and numbers that go together. When you think Lee Petty, for example, the No. 42 automatically comes to mind because if Petty ever drove under a different number, it wasn't for long. When you think Ned Jarrett, you think of No. 11, although he did race other numbers.

One such driver/number combo that will be among the list of iconic numbers in the future is the No. 48 driven by Jimmie Johnson. Together, this combo is already in the NASCAR record books with five straight championships and is only three good finishes away from a sixth this season. No. 48 will be associated with Johnson from now on and vice versa.

Here are some other iconic driver/number combinations...

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