|Jimmie Johnson is 5/1 co-favorite to win at Martinsville.|
“Martinsville has been such a great racetrack for us in the past but the last few trips there we have been an OK car – not a dominant car. We would like to become a dominant car again and use that to cash our ticket to Homestead-Miami early in this round. We’ve had a lot of success there because Martinsville is one of those consistent tracks that doesn’t change too much. I know my Lowe’s team is working hard in the shop this week on our Chevy – it’s an important race for sure.”
Jimmie Johnson will be in the media center at Martinsville Speedway at 10:15am local time on Friday, Oct. 28.
ROUND OF 8: Jimmie Johnson is now in the Round of 8 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and is seeded second in the point standings. Johnson’s performance at Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway will determine if he will be in the final four at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 22 and will be able to compete for his seventh championship.
ROUND PERFORMANCE: The Round of 8 tracks have been kind to the driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet in the past. At Martinsville, Johnson has eight wins, 18 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes; at Texas Motor Speedway Johnson has six wins, 14 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes; and at Phoenix, Johnson has four wins, 15 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.
MASTERING THE PAPERCLIP: Forty-nine different Sprint Cup drivers have won at Martinsville Speedway, led by Richard Petty with 15 victories. Johnson has the second-most wins among active drivers with eight victories. He is second to teammate Gordon, who has nine wins. He is also the most recent driver to win consecutive races (fall 2012 and spring 2013) at Martinsville.
RACKING UP STATS : Johnson has many accolades at Martinsville Speedway. According to NASCAR’s loop data, Johnson has the second-best driver rating of 117.8 among active drivers. Across his eight wins at the paperclip-shaped track, Johnson has led a total of 2,746 laps.
NBC SUPERSTORE APPERANCE: When in Los Angeles in September, Johnson dropped by NBC Studios and filmed a cameo for NBC’s popular show “Superstore.” The primetime show is a hilarious workplace comedy featuring a unique family of employees at a supersized megastore. The show featuring Johnson’s appearance will air Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. ET.
BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES: Nickelodeon’s popular animated preschool and STEM-based series “Blaze and the Monster Machines” will feature Johnson in an upcoming race car-themed episode, along with Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kahne and Elliott. Johnson is featured as “Dash,” a car that is fun, friendly, fast and the ultimate racing buddy for Blaze. The episode titled“The Hundred Mile Race” will air on Nick Jr. Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m. ET.