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CONCORD, N.C. -- Friday evening on ESPN's "SportsCenter," Jimmie Johnson sat down with Marty Smith for an in-depth conversation about the opportunity ahead of him.

"For the longest time I've dodged the conversation about whatever the next championship number would be," Johnson said. "Put my blinders on -- I'm not focused on it. But seven has such a good spot in my heart for a lot of reasons."

Watch the full segment below.