Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jimmie Johnson has series leading 646 laps led at Michigan

Jimmie Johnson is 7/1 to win at Michigan this week.
Driver Jimmie Johnson 
Hometown El Cajon, California
Age 40 
Resides Charlotte, North Carolina

Jimmie Johnson on racing at Michigan

“Speeds are high at Michigan. I think I’ve been clocked at 217 mph after they repaved it. It's been a tough track for the No. 48 Lowe’s team historically. We’ve had plenty of opportunities to win this race in the past and have figured out how to lose it with five to go. You want to win here for Chevrolet. I was pretty disappointed last weekend at Pocono to run up front and then have it end the way it did. I’m looking forward to this weekend and then a much needed off-weekend for Father’s Day.”

LONE MICHIGAN WIN: In Johnson’s 77 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories, only one has come at Michigan international Speedway. It took 25 attempts for Johnson to find Victory Lane at Michigan but persistence finally paid off on June 15, 2014. After starting seventh, Johnson led 39 laps and beat Kevin Harvick to the finish line by 1.214 seconds. Johnson has an average finish of 16.8 at the track just outside of Detroit.

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

HOMETOWN CONNECTIONS: Michigan International Speedway is a hometown track for two members of the No. 48 team. Longtime gasman Brandon Harder went to Bowling Green State University and grew up in Oak Harbor, Ohio, roughly 90 miles from the track. Harder has been a member of the No. 48 team since 2009. Rear-tire carrier Ryan Patton is from Delphos, Ohio, which is 105 miles south of the track. Patton, who played football at Ohio State University, has been on the No. 48 team since 2012.

MICHIGAN DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Johnson has the fourth-best driver rating at Michigan with a score of 99.8 during the past 10 years at the track. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.

CHICAGO TICKET PACKAGE: Fans can purchase a Jimmie Johnson Family Ticket Package for this year's race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 18. Johnson has teamed up with NASA to provide an educational experience for kids with the NASA Rockets 2 Racecars STEM Education program. The ticket package includes a Q&A session with Johnson on race day. The package is $48 for adults and $23 for children and is located in Section "L" at Chicagoland Speedway. Click here for details.


2016 Season

  • 6th in standings
  • 14 starts
  • 2 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 6 top-five finishes
  • 7 top-10 finishes
  • 224 laps led


  • 521 starts
  • 77 wins
  • 34 pole positions
  • 213 top-five finishes
  • 321 top-10 finishes
  • 17,933 laps led

Track Career 

  • 28 starts
  • 1 win
  • 0 pole positions
  • 5 top-five finishes
  • 11 top-10 finishes
  • 646 laps led

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