NASCAR Nationwide Series: Jimmie Johnson to Drive No. 7 Car at Watkins Glen

Camille Jones@annaxcamilleContributor IIIJuly 28, 2011

LOUDON, NH - JULY 17: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to  the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17, 2011 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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It's been in the works in previous weeks to hire NASCAR Sprint Cup Series five-time Champion Jimmie Johnson to race the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen this August, driving the No. 7 JR Motorsports car owned by Cup teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. 

After having multiple drivers in the car so far in 2011, a driver with Johnson's amount of racing knowledge is yet one more mind to pull information from. 

The No. 7 team has had multiple great showings this season, some coming from its rookie drivers and some from the veterans. 

As of now in the 2011 racing season, the team has racked up nine top-10 finishes in 20 starts. Consistency is key with the No. 7 team, but keeping the car on track is just as important. Under the rule of veteran crew chief Tony Eury Jr, the team keeps it all together to bring home good finishes each and every weekend. 

While there have been big names from the boss, Dale Earnhardt Jr., to full-time IndyCar driver/part-time NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, along with road racing veteran Ron Fellows, and Cup star Kasey Kahne––what will Cup Series Champion, Jimmie Johnson, bring to the table for this team? 

While he hasn't raced in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since October of 2008, there's no saying he won't be right up at the front contending to steal the win. A win could be just what this team needs to get them rolling in high gear and contending week in and week out. 

The No. 7 team currently has many drivers in and out of the seat each week, yet still holds steady in 11th in the series owner points. Keep an eye on them to possibly be another Nationwide Series-only team taking a win this season.