Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Jimmie Johnson on Atlanta's Surface: "I can't wait to get there and slide around the track."

Common site in Atlanta. Jimmie Johnson is 12/1 to win this week.
Jimmie Johnson on looking ahead from Daytona to Atlanta:
“I was really bummed out after last week in Daytona. We had a fast Lowe’s for Pros Chevy Camaro and it was so disappointing we got caught up in a wreck so early in the day. I spent a few days with my girls at Disney World after the race and now we are ready to take on Atlanta. The track is such a challenge for both the drivers and the teams. I’m stoked they decided not to repave it just yet – that was a popular decision among the drivers. The surface is so abrasive that the tire falloff is so great, you will see us pitting halfway through a fuel run just to gain four or five seconds. I can’t wait to get there and slide around on the track.”

Driver: Jimmie Johnson 
Hometown: El Cajon, California
Age: 42 
Resides: Charlotte, North Carolina

: Johnson has a total of five wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway – the most among active drivers. He has scored two of the four wins Hendrick Motorsports has captured at Atlanta in the last seven years and five of the organization’s record 14 victories at the track. The two most recent wins came back to back, with Johnson starting from 37th in 2015 and 19th in 2016. Johnson has a Cup Series record 28 wins on 1.5-mile tracks – 11 more than former teammate Jeff Gordon, who is second all-time with 17.

The 2018 Daytona Speedweeks events were not kind to seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros team. First, Johnson narrowly missed starting on the front row for the Daytona 500 by just .085 seconds, posting the third-best qualifying speed. Next, an incident took Johnson out of The Clash at Daytona early. He then blew a tire in the first Duel qualifier, forcing the team to a backup car for "The Great American Race." Johnson started the Daytona 500 from 35th and made it to the top 10 in only 26 laps. He was running eighth before he was collected in a multi-car accident on Lap 59 coming to the Stage 1 finish. Johnson ultimately settled for a 38th-place finish in the 60th running of the Daytona 500.

84 IS NEXT: Johnson is on the verge of his 84th points-paying NASCAR Cup Series win. He secured his 83rd in June 2017 to tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time wins list. An 84th win would tie Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for fourth all-time. Johnson is currently 10 wins behind former teammate Gordon, who has 93 victories and is third on the list. Johnson has the most wins of all active drivers and No. 48 team crew chief Chad Knaus has the most wins of all active crew chiefs with 81.

APPEARANCES IN ATLANTA: Johnson will make an appearance for a question-and-answer session with fans at the “Trackside Live” experience located in Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Fan Zone on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 10:35 a.m. local time.
2018 Season
  • 36th in standings
  • 1 start
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-10 finish
  • 0 laps led
  • 580 starts
  • 83 wins
  • 35 pole positions
  • 222 top-five finishes
  • 341 top-10 finishes
  • 18,663 laps led
Track Career 
  • 26 starts
  • 5 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 14 top-five finishes
  • 16 top-10 finishes
  • 586 laps led

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