"Yes! Yes! Thank you guys. What a race team! You guys are amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
- Driver Jimmie Johnson’s radio communication with his crew after winning his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship this past Sunday in Homestead, Fla.
"Thank you my man, thank you. What a spectacular job this season. Great season everybody. Solid everybody. Very proud. You better get a sip of that damn bottle you’ve got in there because that’s the last healthy liquid you’re going to have for the rest of the night."
- Crew Chief Chad Knaus’ radio communication with Jimmie Johnson after winning the team’s sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
"He’s (Jimmie Johnson) not an athlete. He sits in a car. What athletically is he doing?"
- Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, now a commentator for FOX Sports 1 during the network’s “FOX Sports Live” show.
"Yes, I am an athlete, and so is every driver in one of these race cars. Even Tony Stewart, even though he's carrying a little (weight), he's an athlete. That's just fuel for his engine."
- Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson responding to FOX Sports 1 analyst Donovan McNabb’s claim that he is not an athlete.
"Thanks Kevin for everything you brought to RCR, buddy. Who would have ever thought in 2001 we’d be here running for a championship. Thank you, thank all you guys for your hard work. Let’s close this with a win."
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner Richard Childress thanking driver Kevin Harvick before Sunday’s season finale in Homestead, Fla. Ford Harvick will leave Richard Childress Racing after 13 years to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.
"Racing has been my life for over 30 years and it's really tough to think that the driving side is now over."
- Four-time IndyCar Series champion & three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti after announcing his retirement from IndyCar. Franchitti’s doctors advised his retirement following injuries he sustained during the Houston Grand Prix on Oct. 6.
With the end of the NASCAR season, 42 drivers finally get some R&R but not the freshly crowned champion. Jimmie Johnson’s week has been packed full of media appearances. He spent Monday conducting a sit-down interview on the Dan Patrick Show on the NBC Sports Network, followed by a 1-on-1 interview on the ESPN SportsCenter set in Bristol, Conn. He then appeared on NASCAR RaceHub on FOX Sports 1 before jetting off to New York for a guest appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman.” On Tuesday morning, he hammed it up on the set of “Live! with Kelly and Michael” before returning to ESPN to be the first athlete to co-host an edition of SportsCenter. Johnson embraced the idea of getting to call the highlights from other sports and spent most of the day Monday preparing for his debut. “It’s one thing to be driving a race car in front of an audience of millions, but driving the most popular sports program in the country in front of millions is different,” Johnson said. “I’m honored to do it. I have a hard enough time at the podium reading a simple acceptance speech. To be on a live show trying to read a teleprompter is one of the most nerve wracking things I'll do.” Attempting to keep him calm were regular anchors John Anderson and Lindsay Czarniak. Before this, only actors Billy Crystal and Ken Jeong have been allowed to co-host a SportsCenter show, but senior coordinating producer Jack Obringer told The Sporting News he expected fans of all sports to embrace Jimmie’s appearance. “We’re always looking for opportunities to change it up and give SportsCenter viewers a different take on the day’s news, have some fun and do some memorable television and having a six-time champion like Jimmie Johnson on your set is pretty cool.”…The man who drove the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for 12 races in Tony Stewart’s absence may have driven his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. 55 year-old Mark Martin has no plans to race in 2014 and told his Twitter followers thanks for the memories. ...