Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jimmie Johnson goes for fifth Vegas win

Jimmie Johnson is 6/1 to win at LVMS.
Jimmie Johnson on winning at Atlanta
“The win in Atlanta was a defining moment in my career. I have so much respect for Dale Earnhardt and to hear Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt-Miller’s
comments, it just was an incredible feeling. I’ve said it many times, but I’m so honored to have driven for one team and one partner – Hendrick Motorsports and Lowe’s – for all 76 wins. We will cherish the win but soon have to shift focus to Vegas.”

Johnson on testing at Las Vegas
“The bottom line from the test is we were just fast – really, really fast. When we took downforce off the car, they've lowered the gear ratio, a lot of things to kind of slow the cars down and we're every bit as fast if not faster than (with) the combination they had last year. Obviously when we come back for the race, the sun will be out and hopefully we'll get the fall-off we’re looking for. The track will lose some grip and be slick. It’s a partner race for us, so obviously we want to take home the cool Kobalt wrench trophy Lowe’s creates and there is a lot of pride that comes along with that. The pressure is high for this race. We want to do well for all the people in Vegas supporting the No. 48 team.”

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS, will participate in a Habitat for Humanity build on Las Vegas Motor Speedway property at 6 a.m. local time on Friday. Interested members of the media who wish to cover should contact Amy Walsh.

KOBALT RACE: The black and white colors of Kobalt Tools will adorn Johnson’s Chevrolet this weekend at Las Vegas. In addition, the paint scheme will run at Michigan International Speedway in June, Bristol Motor Speedway in August and Phoenix International Raceway in November.

LOWE’S PARTNERS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Johnson will team up with sponsor Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas to raise the walls of a new home Friday on the midway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the Kobalt 400. The event will kick off a new nationwide initiative by Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity International to build or repair homes for 1,000 families in time for the holidays. Las Vegas native Jamie Gordon, a single mother of two daughters, will be joined by Johnson and nearly 100 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers to build the frame of her first Habitat home. Johnson will be back at the midway on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. local time to hand the keys to a new house over to Gordon and her daughters. Lowe’s has partnered with Habitat for Humanity since 2003, committing more than $63 million toward revitalizing neighborhoods and helping nearly 5,500 families build or improve their homes. Individuals interested in volunteering for future Habitat projects can sign up at the build or visitHabitat.org/lowes.

JOHNSON AND KNAUS AT KOBALT KAMPOUT: Johnson and No. 48 team crew chief Chad Knaus will appear on stage Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. local time for a Q&A at the Kobalt Kampout in the Neon Garage.

VEGAS TIRE TEST: The No. 48 Lowe’s team completed a Goodyear tire test in January at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson and Knaus spent two days testing tires at the 1.5-mile track and were satisfied with the results.

ANOTHER 1.5-MILE TRACK WIN: Johnson currently holds the record for all-time wins on 1.5-mile tracks. He has earned 25 victories, which includes seven at Charlotte Motor Speedway, six at Texas Motor Speedway, five at Atlanta Motor Speedway, four at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and three at Kansas Speedway.

TIED FOR SEVENTH ALL-TIME: The driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet SS earned yet another career milestone on Sunday in Atlanta by recording his 76th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win, tying him with Dale Earnhardt Sr. for seventh on the all-time win list. Cale Yarborough is in sixth place with 83 wins. The all-time wins leader is Richard Petty with 200. Johnson's win Sunday made Atlanta the sixth track where he has won at least five times.

JIMMIE JOHNSON WELLNESS CHALLENGE RETURNS: Registration is open for the 2016 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge. Register now for early-bird pricing and register for all three events to receive a reduced rate. The first event is May 22, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 5K in Huntersville, North Carolina. Log on to www.jjfwellnesschallenge.org for more details.

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