Johnsons Welcome Baby Girl


The Johnsons second daughter was born Friday, Sept. 6, at 2:02 a.m. at a Charlotte, N.C., hospital. (Photo: Getty Images)


RICHMOND, Va. - Jimmie Johnson will miss today's on-track activity at Richmond International Raceway after wife Chandra gave birth to a baby girl. Johnson will race Saturday night.

Johnson’s second daughter was born at 2:02 a.m. Friday in a Charlotte, N.C., hospital. She weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 inches long at birth. Her name is Lydia Norriss Johnson.

Regan Smith will practice Johnson’s car and qualify it today. Johnson will have to start at the rear of the field for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 since he won’t qualify the car. Smith ran some laps in the car at a recent test Hendrick Motorsports had here. 

Crew chief Chad Knaus said Friday morning that Johnson and his family are doing well. Knaus said he’s fine with his driver missing today.

“He’s enjoying the moment with Chani,’’ Knaus said. “He really wanted to be here. After talking it over with him last night ... it made a lot more sense for him to take the day off, get some rest, spend some time with Chani. That way when he showed up here (Saturday) he was fresh and ready to go.’’

Johnson became the first driver to clinch a spot in the 10-race Chase playoffs with his eighth-place finish early last month at Watkins Glen International. He currently ranks first in the standings, 28 points ahead of Clint Bowyer.

Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage of Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 from Richmond International Raceway at 6:30 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at

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