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Jimmie Johnson nominated for two ESPY awards

CONCORD, N.C. (July 8, 2007) - Jimmie Johnson, nominated for two ESPY Awards, feels like he has a shot to win both, when the 15th annual sports awards are presented next Wednesday night (July 11) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

But Johnson admits he’ll need some help—from his fans.

Johnson, the reigning NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion, is nominated for Best Championship Performance and in the racing-specific Best Driver category. In the first category, he’s up against NFL Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning, NBA star LeBron James and 2007 Australian Open tennis titlist Serena Williams.

“That’s good company,” Johnson said.

In the driver category, Johnson’s competition starts with his car owner Jeff Gordon and continues with Daytona 500 champion Kevin Harvick, 2007 Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti, NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher and 2006 IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr.

“The Best Driver award, I feel pretty good about my chances,” Johnson said. “The Best Championship Performance? Well, if all the NASCAR fans start voting, I could have a good chance there, too.

“It’d be great for all of our fans to get involved and help really put motorsports on the map.”

Fans can vote on-line for their favorites in all ESPY categories by going to http://espn.go.com/espy2007/index.html.

Added Johnson: “To even be considered for one of these awards says a lot. It’s a huge accomplishment and it speaks volumes about our sport.”

The ESPYs will be broadcast by ESPN on July 15 at 9 p.m. ET, co-hosted by LeBron James and comedian/talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.