As Jimmie Johnson is set to retire from full-time driving after the 2020 season, there are a lot of speculations as to who will replace him behind the wheel of the No.48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has already made it clear that he is set to retire after the 2020 season.
While there is a possibility that Alex Bowman, who recently signed a contract extension, takes over the wheel so the No.48 Chevrolet, but then Hendrick Motorsports will still have to find the fourth driver for the team.
It is also rumored that Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski, who is in the last year of his contract, replace Jimmie Johnson. However, it is not sure as to whether he will be leaving Team Penske at the end of the 2020 season, as contract extension seems on the cards too.
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Other options include Wood Brothers Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto, Go Fas Racing’s Corey LaJoie, Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola.
However, another interesting driver who could replace Johnson is JR Motorsports’ Noah Gragson, who is second in the Xfinity Series standings at the moment. Furthermore, Rick Hendrick’s past trend of promoting the drivers of No.9 Chevrolet to the Cup Series can play in Gragson’s favor. Previously, Chase Elliott and William Byron have been promoted to the Cup Series from the Xfinity Series. And. Gragson could be in line for a similar treat.