|Jimmie Johnson is now the 5/2 favorite to win Sprint Cup.|
“Heading into Kansas, the win in Charlotte certainly opens up the possibility for whatever opportunities may present themselves. We can go there to race and to win without pressure. This win at Charlotte also allows me go to Talladega and not worry about anything, which is fantastic. I can just get up in the race and mix it up, and race hard. We’ve also been very competitive at Texas, Martinsville, so good things ahead for us.”
MOVING ON: Last weekend in Charlotte, Johnson advanced to the Round of 8 by winning his fourth fall race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and eighth overall at the 1.5-mile track. It’s the first time since NASCAR began this format of the Chase in 2014 that the No. 48 has made it through to the final eight contenders.
FOLLOW THE LEADER: So far in the four Chase races, Johnson and team have turned up the wick and have led a total of 363 laps – 118 at Chicago, 90 at Dover and 155 at Charlotte. Prior to that, in the 26-race regular season, Johnson led a total of 266 laps.
SERIES BEST: Johnson has the series-best driver rating at Kansas Speedway with a score of 110.4. He has an average finish of 7.882 and an average running position of 9.513, both of which are series-best.
78 WINS AND COUNTING: Johnson’s win at Charlotte was his 78th win of his career. Earlier this season he passed the late Dale Earnhardt for seventh most wins of all time with 77. The next record in line for all-time wins is 83, currently occupied by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough.
TIED WITH GORDON FOR MOST WINS: Johnson has three wins at Kansas Speedway and is tied for the most all-time wins at the track with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon.
1.5-MILE TRACK MILESTONES: Johnson currently holds the record for all-time wins on 1.5-mile tracks. He has earned 26 victories, which include eight 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.
JIMMIE JOHNSON WELLNESS VIRTUAL TRIATHLON: Being a part of #TeamJJF means staying involved and being up-to-date with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and its events not only by participating, but also by following through social media. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation is launching its first “virtual triathlon." Joining #TeamJJF is a perfect way to support the Jimmie Johnson Foundation’s mission of assisting children, families and communities in need while taking on a personal athletic challenge. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation Virtual Triathlon takes place during the month of October. The challenge is to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. Learn more here.