|Jimmie Johnson is the active leader with 7386 laps led at Pocono.|
“With the three different style turns at Pocono, you really have to have your car handling right in all three to be successful there. It’s a wild track and we can hit speeds of 200 mph down the frontstretch. Turn 3 is very important and can help with lap time significantly for qualifying. In the last few outings at Pocono we have had some really hard crashes so I’m hoping that is behind us.”
REAR VIEW MIRROR: Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros team scored their second top-five finish of the season last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Johnson started 23rd and quickly moved into the top 10. On Lap 121 Johnson spun out due to contact from a competitor, but avoided any damage to the No. 48 Camaro ZL1, so the team changed tires and restarted 26th. The team overcame the spin to finish the second stage inside the top 10. During the third stage the team suffered a broken jack on a pit stop but again overcame to finish 11th. In the final stage Johnson powered forward and finished fifth on the track he has at won at eight times in his career. The team is 12th in the points heading to Pocono Raceway this weekend.
POCONO RECORD: Johnson has three wins at the “Tricky Triangle,” the last of which came on June 9, 2013. Johnson started first and led 128 of 160 laps. He also has 11 top-five finishes and 19 top-10s, but has suffered unfortunate endings to three out of the last four events due to accidents.
POCONO PLAYGROUND: Earlier this month, Johnson made a special trip to Pocono for a promotional appearance. He assisted track CEO Nick Igdalsky in opening the track’s newest feature – the Pocono Mountains Inclusive Playground. Johnson was also able to drive the Chevrolet Camaro pace car around the road course and give rides to key guests. Click here for more information.
SEE JJ: Johnson will make an appearance on Sunday, June 3 at 11 a.m. for a question and answer session at the “Tricky Triangle Club” at Pocono Raceway. To attend, fans will have to have a "Tricky Triangle Club" ticket – for more info log on to www.PoconoRaceway.com.
JJF HELMET OF HOPE WINNERS ANNOUNCED: The Jimmie Johnson Foundation recently announced the five recipients of this year’s $25,000 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grants. The five finalists were selected via a week-long public vote where more than 280,000 votes were cast. The program invites fans and consumers across the country to nominate not-for-profit (501c3) organizations that support K-12 public education for the opportunity to receive one of five (5) available grant packages. The five grant recipients are: Hamilton Heights Educational Foundation in Arcadia, Indiana; Life Pieces to Masterpieces in Washington, DC; Read Better Be Better in Phoenix; Siouxland Ag in the Classroom in Moville, Iowa; and The Pencil Box in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.
83 AND COUNTING: 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.
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1) 50/1
· Three wins, 11 top fives, 19 top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 13.115, eighth-best
· Average Running Position of 12.004, fifth-best
· Driver Rating of 101.6, fourth-best
· 287 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
· Average Green Flag Speed of 164.144, series-fastest
· 3269 Laps in the Top 15 (71.8), sixth-most
· 1012 Quality Passes, third-most
MICAH ROBERTS' TAKE: #48 Jimmie Johnson (50/1) - He looked like he had some extra giddy-up last week at Charlotte with his fifth-place run. Crafty crew chief Chad Knaus might have found something and that extra power should serve Johnson well this week, a place he's won at three times and leads active drivers with 738 laps led. Despite finishing 35th and 36th at Pocono last season, think of him on the upward swing. There are worse things to waste $10 than a lucky roll with Johnson at 50-to-1.