Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Johnson Bringing Strong Michigan/Kentucky Car to Dover

Six-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson is bring a great car this week (Getty)
Dover International Speedway RACE NOTES:
• Johnson has made 19 Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover International Speedway, where he has six wins, eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
• Johnson has completed 97.6% (7419 of 7604) of competition laps at the one-mile track and has led 1829.
• He has an average start and finish of 10.3 and 9.6.

Johnson will drive chassis No. 669 in Sunday’s event. He finished second in that car at Michigan in August and third at Kentucky in July.
• Johnson finished second in backup chassis No. 650 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.

“New Hampshire obviously wasn’t the finish we were looking for especially with how good we were throughout the weekend. I’m really looking forward to this weekend though. Dover has always been a good place for the 48 team and I really enjoy racing there. I’m not really sure why, but it has always just kind of suited my driving style.”

Career Wins
• Johnson has 54 wins in his Sprint Cup Series career, his most recent coming at Talladega Superspeedway on April 17, 2011.
• The El Cajon, Calif.-native is currently tied with Lee Petty for ninth on NASCAR’s all-time wins list, one victory behind Rusty Wallace.
• He is second in total wins among active drivers, behind Jeff Gordon (85).
• Johnson needed only 296 starts to hit the 50 mark. Only three drivers have reached 50 victories quicker – Gordon (232), Darrell Waltrip (278) and David Pearson (293).
• Johnson has won at least three Cup races a season since he posted his first victory in 2002. He is the only driver in the modern era to win at least three races in each of his first eight full-time seasons.
• Johnson has won Sprint Cup Series races at all but five (Michigan, Chicago, Watkins Glen, Homestead, Kentucky) of the 23 tracks on which the series competes.
• Johnson’s 10 wins in 2007 was the highest number recorded in a single season since Jeff Gordon posted 13 victories in 1998.
• The four-consecutive wins scored by the No. 48 team in the 2007 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ties a modern-era NASCAR record.

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