Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Jimmie Johnson is 50-to-1 to win Quaker State 400 at Kentucky

Jimmie Johnson has never won at Kentucky.
LAP LEADER: At Kentucky Speedway, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson leads the charge for most laps led by an active driver without a win. Johnson has led 203 circuits around the 1.5-mile track with a best finish of third. Kentucky is one of the three tracks on the Cup Series circuit where Johnson has yet to find Victory Lane, along with Chicagoland Speedway and Watkins Glen International.

MILE-AND-A-HALF LEADER: Johnson is the winningest driver on 1.5-mile tracks in NASCAR Cup Series history. Of his 83 career wins, 28 of them have come on that track type.

TOP-10s AT KENTUCKY: The first five times the NASCAR Cup Series raced at Kentucky Speedway, Johnson and the No. 48 team didn’t finish outside the top 10. He has also started inside the top 10 for six of his seven career starts at the venue. No. 48 team crew chief Chad Knaus is tied for the second-most top-10s earned by a crew chief at Kentucky all-time.

TESTING AT THE ROVAL: Johnson and the No. 48 team participated in a one-day test on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL course in preparation for the Sept. 30 race weekend event.

SEEKING 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 Knaus has the most wins of all active crew chiefs with 81.

Jimmie Johnson on his Kentucky paint scheme:
“This is just amazing exposure for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation this weekend. Chani and I are so grateful to Lowe’s for allowing us to run the foundation paint scheme for the 13th time, Blue Bunny for sponsoring the Helmet of Hope program again this year, and for all those drivers participating in the visor campaign.”

Johnson on racing at Kentucky:
“Surprisingly, I’ve run a lot of laps at this track between testing and my early career in the Xfinity Series. This track has haunted me throughout my career – it’s been a tough one to figure out. Hopefully we can turn the corner from that.”

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