|Jimmie Johnson is 8/1 to win Sunday at Loudon, NH.|
NEW HAMPSHIRE DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Johnson has the third-best driver rating at New Hampshire with a score of 101.2 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.
FIRST HALF REPORT CARD: After 18 races and officially halfway through the 2016 season, Johnson and the Lowe’s team are ninth in points but solidly in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with two wins from earlier this season – at Atlanta and California.
10TH ANNIVERSARY JJF SCHEME: The Jimmie Johnson Foundation unveiled its 10th anniversary paint scheme via social media this week. The scheme, set to run on Aug. 7 at Watkins Glen, incorporates the 10th anniversary logo as well as the logos of other JJF programs. Lowe’s has generously donated a paint scheme to the JJF each season to help raise awareness for the work the foundation does supporting K-12 public education.
TESTING AT THE BRICKYARD: Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and the No. 48 team will spend two days this week testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in anticipation of the July 24 Brickyard 400, where Johnson has won four times.
JIMMIE JOHNSON WELLNESS CHALLENGE TRIATHLON: The second event in the Jimmie Johnson Wellness Challenge is just two weeks away. The Cane Creek Sprint Triathlon will take place in Waxhaw, North Carolina, on July 26. To enter click here: http://jimmiejohnsontri.racesonline.com/.
Jimmie Johnson on racing at New Hampshire
“We’ve had a tough stretch here lately. I hate it for my Lowe’s team. This sport is tough and humbling. I’m glad we have another week to turn things around. New Hampshire is a scrappy track – it's tough. We’ve run decent there lately but haven't been challenging for the win. I love visiting the area – there are great places to ride bikes and get outdoors. This is a busy week with the Brickyard test but hopefully it will be productive.”