Long-time sponsor Lowe’s Companies, Incorporated will not return to Jimmie Johnson’s Number-48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet after the 2018 season is completed. The North Carolina-based home improvement company has been the team’s lone primary sponsor since 2001, sharing in Johnson’s record-tying seven NASCAR Cup Series championships and eighty-three race wins. Johnson, 42, is under contract to Hendrick Motorsports through the 2020 season. He is the only driver to compete in NASCAR’s post-season playoffs each year since the concept was introduced in 2004. The press release issued Wednesday afternoon did not name a replacement for Lowe’s. Johnson is scheduled to address the media on Friday morning in Fontana, California, in advance of Sunday’s Auto Club 400. Johnson is off to a slow start this season. His best finish in four races is twelfth place eleven days ago in Las Vegas. He’s tied with A-J Allmendinger for twenty-fifth place in the standings, sixteen points outside the top twenty.
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