Richard Petty sees Jimmie Johnson setting NASCAR record

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet. (AFP/Files)

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet. (AFP/Files)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:22 PM ET

HOMESTEAD, FLA. - NASCAR's King is ready to hand over his crown after nearly four decades on the throne.

Richard "The King" Petty is the only living seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, a record he shares with the late Dale Earnhardt.

On Friday at Homestead Miami Speedway, however, he acknowledged that the mark -- once thought unattainable -- is almost certainly to be matched and passed by Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson is the overwhelming favourite to win his sixth championship on Sunday at the Ford EcoBoost 400.

He leads Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick -- his only competition for the title -- by 28 and 34 points, respectively.

And at 38 years old, Johnson is in his prime years for Sprint Cup.

Petty said there is little doubt Johnson will get to six championships this year.


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