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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Jimmie Johnson is 7-to-2 favorite to win STP 500 at Martinsville
No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS / Jimmie Johnson
Driver Jimmie JohnsonHometown El Cajon, California Age 39 Resides Charlotte, North Carolina
7th in standings
0 pole positions
2 top-five finishes
3 top-10 finishes
176 laps led
33 pole positions
195 top-five finishes
295 top-10 finishes
17,327 laps led
3 pole positions
18 top-five finishes
22 top-10 finishes
2,746 laps led
Chad Knaus, crew chief of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS, is scheduled to visit the Martinsville Speedway media center at 10:30 a.m. local time Friday.
EIGHT CLOCKS AND COUNTING: In 26 starts at the paper clip-shaped half-mile at Martinsville, Jimmie Johnson has won eight of the prestigious grandfather clock trophies. His first win came on October 24, 2004. In addition to an average finish of 6.2, Johnson has managed to complete 99.3 percent of all laps attempted and has led 2,746 circuits.
TUNE IN: REPEAT AFTER ME: On a recent trip to Los Angeles, Johnson made a stop at Warner Brothers Studio to film a new show on ABC called “Repeat After Me” with host Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs). The episode in which Johnson took part is currently scheduled to air on Tuesday, March 31, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Ellen DeGeneres is an executive producer on the show and Johnson joins the ranks of celebrities Harry Connick Jr. (American Idol), Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy), Kristen Bell (Frozen) and Scott Foley (Scandal).
MARTINSVILLE CHASSIS: For this weekend’s event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-913, which Johnson raced last October at Martinsville. The backup car is No. 48-749, which Johnson raced at Martinsville in March 2014.
HELMET OF HOPE NOMINATIONS: In its eighth year, the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program gives fans and consumers across the country the opportunity to nominate their favorite charity to be featured on Johnson’s helmet for the June 7 race at Pocono Raceway. In addition to being featured on the helmet, each charity selected also receives a grant of $25,000 and an ice cream party. To date, the program has contributed more than $685,000 to 76 different charities. Round-one voting for the Helmet of Hope is open until April 1. Visit JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org to nominate a charity that supports K-12 public education in the United States. A total of five charities will be selected.
TEAM JJF WELLNESS CHALLENGE: Registration is open for the 2015 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge. Register now for early-bird pricing and register for all three events and get a reduced rate. The first event is April 26, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 5K in Huntersville, North Carolina. Log on to www.jjfwellnesschallenge.org for more details.