Jimmie Johnson cleared to return for Kentucky Speedway after testing positive for COVID-19
NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson has been cleared to race after testing positive for COVID-19. Pool Photo-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson will be returning to the track at Kentucky Speedway this weekend, just a week after missing the Brickyard 400 after he tested positive for COVID-19.

NASCAR announced on Wednesday that Johnson is cleared to return to racing for this weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway after he tested negative for COVID-19 twice in the past 48 hours.

Johnson, 44, missed a Cup Series race for the first time in his professional career. Fortunately, he was asymptomatic and was able to recover from the coronavirus pretty quickly.

“My family is so grateful for the incredible love and support we’ve received over the last several days,” Johnson said, via NASCAR. “I especially want to thank Justin Allgaier for stepping in for me at Indy and being a true pro. I’m excited about getting back to business with my team this weekend.”

Johnson was replaced by Justin Allgaier in Sunday’s Brickyard 400. Unfortunately, Allgaier’s run in the 48 car didn’t last long, getting knocked out of the race in a nasty wreck that saw a pit crew member get hit.

Johnson will head into the weekend ranked 15th in the Cup Series standings, just two points behind William Byron.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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