NASCAR: JJ on 'SportsCenter'

Originally Published: November 15, 2013
ESPN.com

Welcome aboard, JJ!

BRISTOL, Conn. -- Jimmie Johnson is on the ESPN campus today, but his job is a serious one -- hosting the 6 p.m. ET "SportsCenter" alongside John Anderson and Lindsay Czarniak.

Athletes visit Bristol often, but usually for something we call the "car wash." In the car wash, an athlete is in a whirlwind of activity, bouncing from show to show and even media platform to platform to try to maximize his or her time. Johnson is here for one thing and one thing only: "SportsCenter."

A company release perhaps said it best:

"Tuesday night's recipe is simple yet untested. Take one part Stuart Scott, one part Billy Crystal. Add a handful of Chris Berman and a pinch of Ken Jeong. The result: Television history, as six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson becomes the first athlete to guest host ESPN's flagship news and information program."

The aforementioned actors Crystal and Jeong are the only other celebrity guest hosts in the show's 34-year history. Crystal was the first in 2012, and Jeong hosted earlier this month on Nov. 1. Now it's Johnson's turn.

How does he prepare? Will he pull it off without a hitch?

We'll follow his progress along the way.

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