Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Jimmie Johnson makes 600th career Cup start and is 80/1 to win at Pocono

Jimmie Johnson has three win at Pocono Raceway.
Jimmie Johnson on racing at Pocono:
“As far as track conditions and car handling, the track at Pocono doesn’t change too much between the June and July race – it’s a little slower, but it’s not a huge swing. Things seems to be moving in the right direction and although we aren’t satisfied with our performance, we are chipping away.”

Johnson on his 600th Cup start:
“I’m not huge into milestones but I really can’t believe I am sitting here at 600 starts. All I ever wanted to do was win a race and now we are here with seven championships, 83 wins and hopefully there are many more to come. I’m proud to have come all this way with one sponsor in Lowe’s and hope that this weekend will be a good one for this No. 48 team. I definitely want to try to get more wins for Lowe’s before they exit the sport.”

Jimmie Johnson will be available to members of the media at 8:15 a.m. local time on Saturday, July 28, at Pocono Raceway in the media center.

600 STARTS: Jimmie Johnson will make his 600th career NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Throughout his storied career, which began in 2001 with three starts in the Lowe’s Chevrolet, Johnson has accumulated seven championships, 83 wins, 35 pole positions, 224 top-five finishes and 348 top-10s – all with partner Lowe’s Home Improvement on the hood of his race car.

600 DECAL: To pay homage to Johnson’s milestone 600th start, the No. 48 team will run a special decal on the Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

IN GOOD COMPANY: Johnson will be the 30th driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to start 600 races. Among the drivers to previously accomplish the feat, nine of them have driven for Hendrick Motorsports – and Johnson makes 10. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty is the only driver to win a race on his 600th start, which took place at Richmond in February 1973.

LAPS RUN: Over 599 starts, Johnson has passed the start/finish line a total of 170,691 times in his No. 48 machine. Johnson has led 18,678 circuits over that span.

MOST WINS THROUGH 600 STARTS LIST: Johnson ranks third among drivers who have accumulated the most wins through 600 starts. On the list, he is surrounded by NASCAR Hall of Famers. Richard Petty leads with 150 wins, Darrell Waltrip had 84, Johnson sits at 83 and Jeff Gordon had 82.

LAST TIME OUT: In the most recent race at Pocono in June, Johnson started 15th, led two laps and scored an eighth-place finish. The El Cajon, California, native's last win at the “Tricky Triangle” was on June 9, 2013, when he dominated the 400-mile event by leading 128 of 160 laps.

VIP EXPERIENCE: Johnson has three more VIP experiences remaining for the 2018 season. The package gives fans the opportunity to meet the driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in a one-on-one setting and includes a meet-and-greet, an autograph and a photo with Johnson along with a behind-the-scenes garage tour and an amazing, exclusive gift. Packages remain for Indianapolis, Dover and Homestead. For more information, visit https://jimmiejohnsonvip.com/.

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