A NASCAR champion shows concern for his home state Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Ask any NASCAR driver — sometimes the most peace they find during the week is when they climb into their race car, away from the craziness of the outside world. During a race, they have nothing to concentrate on but their car and the track.

But once they climb out of the car, all their worries come flooding back.

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And one of those worries for seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson is the wildfires that continue to rage in his home state of California.

“I can remember the fear of wildfires near my home as a kid, I can’t imagine what many have been though [and] unfortunately, it’s not over yet,” Jimmie tweeted on Oct. 17.

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Jimmie’s love for his home state has long been something that he has demonstrated through various acts, including his Jimmie Johnson Foundation, which recently raised more than $753,000 for K-12 public schools in North Carolina, Oklahoma and California.

“[My wife] Chani and I are so proud that we could bring this awesome event to Charlotte,” Jimmie said in a recent interview with ESPN. “For the past 10 years, we have held the event on the west coast. It was really nice to see a lot of our Charlotte friends on the course and at dinner, supporting the Foundation and ultimately K-12 public schools.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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