|Jimmie Johnson is 8/1 to win Pennsylvania 400.|
“I’m looking forward to the challenge this weekend at Pocono. We really rallied last weekend at Indy and are making gains. It’s been a tough summer for all of us and I am just so proud of this team and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for sticking together and digging deep. I’m really proud to have been able to give (Hendrick Motorsports owner) Mr. (Rick) Hendrick his 1,000th top-five finish last weekend at Indy. Pocono is a great track for us – I like going there, enjoy the surrounding area for cycling, and am ready to get back in the Lowe’s Chevy.”
MILESTONE FINISH AT INDY: When the No. 48 Lowe's Red Vest Chevrolet SS crossed the finish line in third at the Brickyard last weekend, Jimmie Johnson gave Hendrick Motorsports its 1,000th top-five result since the team was founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984. It was Johnson’s 214th top-five finish and his seventh this season.
RALLY AT INDY: Johnson had an up-and-down day at the Brickyard. After starting 13th, he ran as high as second on the scoring pylon but a speeding penalty on pit road eventually put the No. 48 team a lap down and running as low as 23rd. According to NASCAR’s loop data, Johnson made 38 quality passes – more than any other driver – to get back to the front of the field. He passed four cars on the final lap to finish third.
CHASE BOUND: With Johnson’s third-place finish at Indianapolis, he became one of only five drivers to have locked themselves into the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which begins with the Chicagoland Speedway event on Sunday, Sept. 18. Due to Johnson’s two wins this season in Atlanta and Fontana, California, the driver of the No. 48 now has enough points to guarantee that he cannot fall outside of the top 30 in the standings. The only requirement remaining is that Johnson attempt to start the remaining races of the regular season.
THIRD-HIGHEST DRIVER RATING AT POCONO: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Johnson has the third-best driver rating at Pocono with a score of 106.3 during the past 10 years at the track. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
HOMETOWN CONNECTIONS: Two members of the No. 48 team have personal connections to Pennsylvania. Engine tuner John Boydston hails from Oswego, New York, but attended Luzerne County Community College in nearby Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. Shock specialist Mike Ellershaw is from Levittown, Pennsylvania.
POCONO JIMMIE JOHNSON TICKET PACKAGE: There are still tickets left for the Jimmie Johnson kids ticket package at Pocono Raceway this weekend. The package includes exclusive access to a question-and-answer session with the six-time champion as well as a NASA Rockets to Racecars activity experience. Log on to PoconoRaceway.com using promo code JJNASA or call 1-800-722-3929 to purchase.