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Fox News Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth talked to longtime NASCAR cup series driver Jimmie Johnson, as he previewed the first full-length race of the 2018 NASCAR season.

Johnson, who competed in the "Clash" at Daytona last weekend - one of several events leading up to the 500 - said he is ready for the green flag to drop on Sunday.

"I really work hard to keep my body sharp, and my mind as well," the driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet said.

Johnson, 42, has raced for more than a decade in the premier cup series of NASCAR, battling alongside past icons Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.

"I think our sport really benefits from maturity and experience," he said.

Reichmuth pointed out that Johnson, a native of El Cajon, Calif., did not grow up in what was then considered a popular NASCAR region.

Johnson said he began racing dirtbikes as a child and eventually found his way to the east coast where he partnered with Chevrolet and joined NASCAR.

Since then, Johnson has won the Daytona 500 twice and the top-tier NASCAR cup championship seven times.

Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott will make up the first two rows of cars to commence the 2018 running of the Daytona 500, airing Sunday afternoon on FOX.

Watch more above.

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