Car won't start but NASCAR star, El Cajon native Jimmie Johnson still wows school kids

EL CAJON, Calif. - Ready to thrill a few hundred school kids, Jimmie Johnson hopped into a replica of his No. 48 car to fire up the engine.

The battery was dead.

He and some members of his group tried to bump start the car. That just led to some odd grinding noises and the car started leaking oil.

Undaunted, the NASCAR star jogged through the parking lot to the grass plot where the kids were gathered, chanting his name.

It was an appropriate entrance, considering that Johnson was at Chase Avenue Elementary in his hometown to check out a jogging track that was built with money from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe's Toolbox for Education Champions Grant.

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