Jimmie Johnson's next victory will be his 83rd career NASCAR Cup win, tying him with Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time list.
Given Johnson's history of success at Dover International Speedway — he has 10 wins there, the most of any driver in track history — that victory could come this weekend.
Win or lose, Johnson is paying tribute to Yarborough at Dover with an eye-catching commemorative helmet.
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) June 3, 2017
"I was a Cale fan growing up in El Cajon and never imagined I would have a chance to tie him in wins," Johnson tweeted. "It only seemed appropriate to have this helmet done in his honor."
Yarborough won three consecutive NASCAR Cup championships in the mid-1970s, a record that stood until Johnson won five straight from 2006-2010.
If you're too young to remember the colorful character, a Tampa Bay Times story a few years back described him as a "…turkey farmer, semipro football player, boxing champion, alligator wrestler and would-be cowboy from Sardis, S.C., (who) was one of the sport's best in a 31-year career that ended in 1988." That says it all.