Johnson cleared to race after 2 negative coronavirus tests

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1975: NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, the only driver ever to win five straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, is born in El Cajon, California. Johnson won his titles from 2006 through 2010, also earning Driver of the Year honors each of those years except for 2008, and won a two more championships in 2013 and 2016. He's also won the Daytona 500 two times, with victories in 2006 and 2013.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and has been cleared to race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway.

Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. He was tested after his wife received a positive result. Hendrick Motorsports says Johnson tested negative on Monday and Tuesday and will return to the No. 48 Chevrolet. Johnson’s streak of 663 consecutive starts — most among active drivers — was snapped when he didn’t race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.