NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
 
           === Lowe's to continue sponsorship with Johnson's team ===
 
 Concord,  NC  (Sports Network)  - Hendrick  Motorsports announced on Wednesday
 that  Lowe's  has extended its  contract as  the full-time primary sponsor for
 Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 team in the Sprint Cup Series through 2015.
 
 Lowe's  also  made the announcement  to more than  1,700 store managers at its
 national  sales meeting.  The home improvement company has served as the full-
 season sponsor for Johnson's team the past 12 years.
 
 "It  has been  a great ride with Jimmie  since he started in the Cup Series 12
 years  ago," Lowe's  chief marketing officer Tom Lamb said in a statement. "We
 are  proud  to sponsor one of  the most elite  teams and drivers in racing and
 have a five-time champion carry the Lowe's brand each week."
 
 Johnson  won his second  Daytona 500 on Sunday, which came in his 400th career
 Sprint  Cup start.  He is also a  five-time champion in the series, with those
 titles  coming  consecutively from  2006-10. Since his  rookie season in 2002,
 Johnson has won 61 races -- the most in the series during that span.
 
 "Lowe's  believed in me before I had any success," Johnson said. "They are all
 I've  ever known in  my Sprint Cup career, and their support of me and the No.
 48  team  is second to none  in the sport.  We've been together for this crazy
 ride,  and  I'm so happy we're  continuing it together. They truly are family,
 and I'm proud to represent them."
 
 Johnson  and his  crew chief,  Chad Knaus,  are under  contract with  Hendrick
 through  2015.  The duo  have scored at  least one victory  in Sprint Cup each
 season since '02.
 
 "We  caught lightning  in a  bottle with  this combination,"  team owner  Rick
 Hendrick said. "Jimmie and Chad have been successful, because they always have
 a  plan and do a great job executing. Lowe's is the same way as a sponsor. The
 partnership has been incredible, and we're looking forward to working together
 for many more years."
 
 Johnson and teammate Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to have the same primary
 sponsor for each of his first 400 starts in NASCAR's premier series.
 
 02/27 14:00:41 ET

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