Jimmie Johnson Continues Championship Run After the Birth of "Baby J"

Sal Sigala Jr.Senior Analyst IJuly 8, 2010

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 08:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, stands on the grid with his wife Chandra during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series SHOWTIME Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 8, 2010 in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Chandra and Jimmie Johnson gave birth to a baby girl Wednesday, July 7th at 1:44 p.m. ET in Charlotte, NC.

Johnson who gave her the nickname "Baby J" until they decide on a name for her, weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. and measured 19.5" long.

Johnson said that even though sleep was at a minimum last night, he is extremely happy about getting to spend time with his girls before leaving for the race weekend in Chicago.

With the newest addition to his family, the four-time champion can once again put his focus on adding another track to his win list.

“It's nice to cross off these tracks; tracks I haven't won at,” said NASCAR’s newest father.

Johnson also added that, “I’d love to try to beat Jeff (Gordon) at something and I know he's sitting there waiting for one. If I could hurry up and get a couple more out of the way it would be awesome."

So far this season, Johnson has added victories at two tracks he has never won at, and in eight starts at this nine-year-old track, he's got five top-five, and seven top-10 finishes.

"Yeah, Chicago is. Chad (Knaus) has asked me since I won in California for my first race if we could win in his home state so he could experience that. And we have been very, very close,” said Johnson about this weekend’s race in the windy city.

Johnson also added that, “I gave one up to Kyle (Busch) on a restart a couple of years ago. Last year we led a ton of laps but just didn't close at the end. Things got away from us. So I feel we've got a good chance there and certainly hope to.”

Johnson who is currently sitting third in points with five wins, eight top-five, and 11 top-10 finishes, has also been nominated for two 2010 ESPY awards—Best Male Athlete and Best Driver.

Johnson will go up against Drew Brees, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Albert Pujols for Best Male Athlete, and face Kyle Busch, Dario Franchitti, Ron Hornaday and Tony Schumacher for Best Driver.