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August 20, 2014

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson crashes Independence High football practice

Jimmie Johnson, who has won six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, surprised members of the Independence High School football team with a visit to the school during afternoon practice.

A six-time champion brought a little relief Wednesday afternoon to a seven-time champion.

Jimmie Johnson, who has won six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, surprised members of the Independence High School football team with a visit to the school during afternoon practice.

Johnson and members of his Hendrick Motorsports pit crew visited the school as part of the Gatorade Beat the Heat campaign – an effort by Gatorade to educate athletes, parents and coaches on the importance of proper hydration to reduce heat-related illnesses during athletic events.

Johnson, who is known as one of the most physically fit NASCAR drivers, even joined the team in some conditioning drills.

A spokesman for Gatorade said Johnson has worked in the past with Independence High, which won seven straight state football championships from 2000 to 2006.

Wednesday’s visit was well-timed. Temperatures at the time of practice were about 90 degrees, with a heat index in the mid-90s.

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