NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson had a lofty goal in his first Boston Marathon. He nearly met it.

Johnson nearly completed his wish of finishing the race in under three hours.

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson crosses the finish line.
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson crosses the finish line. –John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson can cross another item off his bucket list – he was able to finish the Boston Marathon Monday.

The 43-year-old had said he wanted to finish in the three-hour range, and he came in at 3:09:07, and looked fine for having completed his first marathon.

Johnson is a seven-time NASCAR champion who took advantage of NASCAR’s schedule this year – the race at Richmond was on Saturday – to fulfill his goal of running the Boston Marathon.

“I’m hurting but it was a lot of fun and just an amazing experience,” he said.

Johnson said there were countless highlights throughout the race but “at the end of the day … the community and energy within the community of people, volunteers, spectators, and runners – it’s great to see all walks of life smiling.”

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He said he liked that in this type of race, people can cheer for each other.

“We don’t root for each other on in a car race,” he said. “So to encourage everybody while competing is a much different environment.”

Photos: The Boston Marathon through the years: