Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. share the 48/88 shop at Hendrick Motorsports.
On Sunday afternoon, Johnson could share a portion of Earnhardt's long-awaited success. As soon as Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan ended, the five-time Cup champion hustled to Victory Lane to congratulate his teammate for winning his first race in four years.
"I had to go see him and all his guys," Johnson said. "We're in the same shop, and his guys work on my car, and my guys work on his car. Seeing those smiling faces made it an awesome trip over there.
"I could just not be more proud of Junior and the dominating win he had today. As a company, we've known the confidence that was growing on that No. 88 team, and having them go on the race track today and kick everybody's butt like they did was pretty awesome."
Johnson made a move of his own. With a fifth-place finish Sunday, he climbed to fourth in the Cup standings, 33 points behind leader Matt Kenseth and 29 behind Earnhardt in second.