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Jimmie Johnson will race at Richmond after the birth of his second child

Nick Bromberg
From The Marbles
4FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 04: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Chevrolet, celebrates with his wife Chandra on victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2007 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Chevrolet, celebrates with his wife Chandra on victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2007 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jimmie Johnson won't miss Saturday night's race at Richmond.

The points leader and his wife Chandra, welcomed their second child on Friday morning. According to a spokesperson for the team, their daughter arrived at 2:02 a.m.

Johnson will miss practice and qualifying for the final race for the Chase. Regan Smith, who drives for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series and subbed for Dale Earnhardt Jr. last year after Earnhardt missed two races because of a concussion.

[Related: Jeff Gordon buoys Chase hopes by grabbing pole at Richmond]

The five-time champ had discussed the possibility of missing Richmond if Chandra went into labor, but that situation was averted with their daughter's birth before race weekend officially began. Congratulations go out to the Johnsons and older sister Genevieve.

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