Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Jimmie Johnson at his all-time Phoenix high with 20/1 odds

Jimmie Johnson has four wins at Phoenix.
Jimmie Johnson on making steady improvements:
“Every outing with this new Lowe’s for Pros Camaro ZL1 we are learning more about it. We still have some work to do ourselves with the setup of the car but there is a great vibe with some occasional grinning in our garage. Phoenix has turned into an aero track with the repave and higher speeds. Last week at Vegas I was in a lot of different aero situations that I started to get very comfortable with and kept charging and driving through. We are working our guts out to get back to our winning ways.”

FOUR-TIME WINNER: Johnson is a four-time winner at ISM Raceway in Arizona. On Nov. 15, 2009, Johnson dominated the race, leading 238 of the 312 laps. It was Johnson’s fourth win at ISM Raceway, seventh race win of that season and the sixth straight win at the one-mile track for Hendrick Motorsports, which marked the third longest streak of winning at one track in series history. The following week, Johnson was crowned with his fourth straight NASCAR Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

THREE-TIME POLE STARTER: Of Johnson’s 35 career pole positions, three have come at ISM Raceway. He still owns the track qualifying record of 143.158 mph from the pole position set on Nov. 15, 2015.

GOOD IN THE DESERT: At ISM Raceway, Johnson has earned 15 top-five finishes, which is the most all-time. One of Johnson and the No. 48 team's four wins came from the pole position on Nov. 11, 2008.

VEGAS RALLY: Jimmie Johnson overcame many obstacles in the Las Vegas race last weekend for a hard-fought 12th-place result. The El Cajon, California, native secured his best starting spot of the season by qualifying in 14th place. Due to unexpected issues in pre-race inspection, Johnson was forced to forfeit his position and had to fall to the rear of the field before taking the green flag. He lost a lap to the leader within the first stage but when the Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 had sticker tires on it, the handling improved and Johnson’s charge forward came to life. He persevered throughout the 267-lap event and finished just outside the top 10 in 12th.

NEXT UP, 84: Johnson's next trip to Victory Lane will be 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 Jeff 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.

BE A JJ VIP: This season, the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has created the Jimmie Johnson VIP Experience for fans. The package gives fans the opportunity to meet the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in a private setting. The experience includes a private meet-and-greet, an autograph and a photo with Johnson, along with a behind-the-scenes garage tour and an exclusive gift. The experience will generally take place on the Friday morning before the Cup Series race event scheduled for that weekend. The package is available at California, Texas, Charlotte and Chicago among others and spots are limited. For more information, visit https://jimmiejohnsonvip.com/.
 

2018 Season

  • 29th in standings
  • 3 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-10 finishes
  • 0 laps led
 
 

Career

  • 582 starts
  • 83 wins
  • 35 pole positions
  • 222 top-five finishes
  • 341 top-10 finishes
  • 18,663 laps led
 
 

Track Career 

  • 29 starts
  • 4 wins
  • 3 pole positions
  • 15 top-five finishes
  • 20 top-10 finishes
  • 990 laps led
 

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