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The Legacy of #48 - What Was, What Is, What Is Next


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It wasn't that long ago that we knew the #48 Chevrolet team and Victory Lane as synonymous. The Fox and NBC telecasts had talented announcers shouting the name of Jimmie Johnson at the end of their broadcasts on a regular basis. Among Johnson's history in the Cup Series, one of his greatest feats were his 83 wins, including 10 in the 2007 season.

In the first 908 starts, the #48 had only won 3 races, two with James Hylton and one with Bill Norton in 1951. Since then, #48 has won 84 times with Jimmie Johnson and now Alex Bowman.

The storied legacy of the 48 did start prior to Jimmie's on track success, though. Johnson's era started only 26 days after September 11th attacks on October 7th of 2001. 9/11 was dramatically and emotionally documented by every news, sports, and entertainment outlet 24 hours a day. Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouses, Chevrolet, and Hendrick Motorsports created 'The Power of Pride' campaign to help promote patriotism across the sport, and Jimmie got to drive the car.