|Jimmie Johnson is 8/1 to win at Bristol Saturday night.|
“Hopefully everyone is well-rested after the off-weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing the track surface changes in the lower groove this weekend at Bristol. We had a great car back in the spring -- the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy was really comfortable. Either way, its always an exciting race for the fans.”
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's/ Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS, will be available to members of the media on Friday, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m. ET in the Bristol Motor Speedway media center.
KOBALT RACE: The black-and-white colors of Kobalt Tools will adorn Jimmie Johnson’s Chevrolet this weekend at Bristol. The paint scheme ran earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. In addition to this weekend at Bristol, the Kobalt colors will adorn the No. 48 Chevy later this season at Phoenix.
DARLINGTON THROWBACK REVEALED: Prior to the last off-weekend of the season, No. 48 team crew chief Chad Knaus took to social media to unveil the throwback paint scheme for the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet at Darlington Raceway. The look is based off of David Pearson's No. 2 car paint scheme from 1979, which he drove for four races while filling in for an injured Dale Earnhardt. For more on the scheme, which celebrates Lowe's long history in NASCAR, click here.
BRISTOL DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Johnson has the ninth-best driver rating at Bristol with a score of 92.2 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.
NEW FRONT-TIRE CHANGER: Kevin Novak, a native of Veseli, Minnesota, and graduate of the NASCAR Technical Institute, will replace longtime front-tire changer Cam Waugh. Waugh is moving back to his home state of Colorado. Novak is no stranger to the No. 48 over-the-wall crew as he filled in for an injured Waugh on May 15 at Dover, May 21 at the Charlotte all-star event and June 6 at Pocono.
JOHNSON IN HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: Recently, Johnson participated in an interview for the “Life’s Work” section in one of the premier business and management publications in the world, the Harvard Business Review. The interview will be published in the September issue and is available online now. Click here to read more.
JJF 'TEAM UP FOR TECHNOLOGY': The Jimmie Johnson Foundation is offering one lucky K-12 public or charter school the chance to win a $48,000 technology makeover again this year. Nominations will be accepted from Thursday, Aug. 11, until noon ET on Thursday, Sept. 8. Click here to nominate a school.
UPCOMING JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION WELLNESS CHALLENGE EVENT: Registration is open for the Lake Davidson Sprint Triathlon taking place on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 8 a.m. ET on the Ingersoll Rand Campus in Davidson, North Carolina. Log on to www.jjfwellnesschallenge.org for more details.