- ‘Tis the Season: London florist creates $4.6 million Christmas wreath
- No tailgating allowed at Super Bowl XLVIII
- Pentagon to transport African troops to Central African Republic
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend’s shopping jumps to his death
- Ukraine leader to talk with protesters; Washington urges caution
- Pope Francis: A nun saved my life
- Israeli P.M. Netanyahu backs out of Mandela funeral
- Elian Gonzalez makes first trip outside Cuba since custody battle
- U.S., British intelligence agents enter online sci-fi world to spy on gamers
- Sarah Palin to host the outdoors show ‘Amazing America’
Jimmie Johnson pounding the pavement for exercise
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (AP) - Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who laid off the liquor and fatty foods during the offseason, looked uber-fit in his firesuit during Thursday’s media day at Daytona International Speedway.
It’s the payoff from his intense fitness routine, which on Sunday will include running the Daytona Beach Half Marathon at 6:30 a.m. the same day as Daytona 500 qualifying and hours after the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race.
Johnson will be joined in the field by fellow drivers Michael Waltrip, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola in the 13-mile race that starts at the Daytona speedway, includes a stint on the beach and ends at the track.
“I’ve just really stayed with the training program,” Johnson said. “I’ve always ran but just kind of slow and run long distances. I’ve worked hard to get some pace. It’s probably the best offseason I’ve had for not gaining weight. I’ve stayed busy and was able to stay lean even through the holiday.”
Johnson was low key at the season-ending awards ceremony in Las Vegas, where he continued training for a triathlon in Palm Springs, Calif., the morning after the banquet. He finished first in his age group, and eighth overall.
He says he’s having a hard time scheduling events this year, but is eyeing a triathlon the morning after the August race at Bristol and is trying to work himself up to first a half iron man and then a full iron man competition. Johnson says it’s a far cry from NASCAR’s early days, when driver partying was legendary.
“Times have changed for sure. I’m not sure anyone would have admitted training in the Alabama Gang or even the Earnhardt Era,” said Johnson. “Fortunately for them, the cars weren’t strong enough. If you drove the car as hard as you do now each and every lap, it wouldn’t make it to the halfway point then.
“But I look at the seats, the seat belts, no headrest, smoking and racing at the same time, and I’m sure there was some moonshine ingested the night before. There are some tough dudes in the day and I have a ton of respect for them.”
By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
- Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu backs out of Nelson Mandela funeral
- Obama lied about Syrian chemical attack, 'cherry-picked' intelligence: report
- CURL: Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal
- Lawmakers see 'false narrative' of Obama as a terrorist fighter
- WOLF: The president's other Obamacare lies
- MSNBC host: Obamacare a 'wealthy white men' racist word
- Ted Cruz sees legal landmines ahead for Obamacare
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns Pakistani leaders of U.S. aid losses over drone-strike protests
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
The Constitution: Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses. And how to get from here to there.
Crystal Wright is a black conservative woman living in Washington, D.C.
All of the world’s problems, solved on your back porch
Why can’t humans just be free to be humans?
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow