NASCAR & Auto Racing

Jimmie Johnson going back to high school, and he has a hall pass

Defending Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson isn’t overly concerned about the upcoming Chase for the championship. Instead, his focus is on next week’s appearance at his alma mater, Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Calif.

Johnson plans to visit with students and will be inducted into the school’s hall of fame. His sponsor, Lowe’s, will make a donation to the school.

“I actually am embarrassed to go back to the school in a weird way,” Johnson said. “I remember being a kid being in school, and somebody would come to class, and we were only excited because it got us out of school, and ‘Like, all right, we’ve got to listen to somebody talk.”’

Johnson admitted he was nervous to speak to the students.

“Maybe I’m afraid they’re going to post my grades for everybody to see or my detention slips, stuff like that,” he joked.