Jimmie Johnson could win a title even if he's eliminated from the playoffs

Jimmie Johnson is currently in the Round of 8 competing for his eighth Cup Series championship, but he could be awarded a title even if he's eliminated.

Each year, Comcast issues an annual award to recognize philanthropic efforts from a NASCAR driver or team member, and this year the Jimmie Johnson Foundation is one of the three nominees.

NBC Sports Network's NASCAR America ran a segment on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation where Johnson detailed why his organization has focused on funding programs in public schools.

Johnson said he and his wife, Chandra, started the Jimmie Johnson Foundation to assist children, families and communities in need, and now they are focusing on K-12 public education.

He said they are focusing on public education mainly because he and Chandra both came from public education.

Johnson's mom was a school bus driver, and they said they knew public schools were in need of funding.

One student said Johnson's program helped fund engineering-related programs, which led him to want to pursue a career in engineering.

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According to Jimmie Johnson Foundation executive director Amanda Prothero, the program will have donated over $11 million to K-12 public schools and non-profit organizations.

The three finalists for 2017 are the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation and the Chip Ganassi Racing Pit Crew Department.

Comcast will make a $60,000 contribution to the charity affiliated with the winner, and a $30,000 contribution to each of the other two finalists.

While Johnson certainly wants to capture his record-breaking eighth championship, he deserves the recognition for his foundation and all the good they've been able to accomplish with public schools.