|Jimmie Johnson is 10/1 to win at Texas.|
"I know best efforts are put in place to create an asphalt and tire combination that will really work well together and have some age in the surface. I’m very optimistic that we are going to show up and sure it’s going to be fast and maybe a little more single-file than we want to get started, but Texas has a lot of banking. It’s a very fast track. The entrance to the corners is a little sharp, but what is really sneaky about it is one corner exit you run out of room quick. The angle off the turn can really get your attention. With the faster speeds we will run there, I wouldn’t be surprised if guys are caught out on corner exit hitting the wall."
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS, will visit the Texas Motor Speedway media center at 10:15 a.m. local time on Friday, April 7.
CLOCKED OUT: The 15th-place finish last weekend at Martinsville Speedway didn’t show the true potential of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet as Jimmie Johnson spent 413 of the 500 laps inside the top 15 and made 66 green-flag passes. His average running position for the day was 8.48. Johnson’s Chevy suffered a broken exhaust as a result of on-track contact with competitors during Stage 2 on Sunday.
TEXAS SHOWMAN: Johnson has won five of the last nine races at Texas Motor Speedway. In total, Johnson has won six times at the track and led 1,023 laps in the process, both of which are the most all-time at Texas. His most recent win at the track came on November 8, 2015, when he started eighth and led only six laps en route to his sixth win at the 1.5-mile speedway.
TEXAS CREDENTIALS: Johnson has many series-best accolades at Texas Motor Speedway, according to NASCAR’s loop data since 2005. Among active drivers, Johnson has the series-best driver rating of 107.1. 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. In the same span, Johnson has spent 78 percent of all laps run in the top 15.
JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION FIT FEST: Registration continues for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Fit Fest, a local community event on May 29, which will feature running, obstacle racing, mountain biking, music, food and more. Set in a festival atmosphere, the Fit Fest will take place at Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Included in the day-long event will be 5K, 8K and half marathon trail running races, a four-hour endurance mountain bike event and a Spartan Kids Race. To register, go to JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.
HELMET OF HOPE: Time is running out to nominate an organization for the 2017 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign. The campaign will award $125,000 to five non-profit organizations in May. The program, which began in 2008, allows fans, media members and consumers across the country to nominate their favorite education-focused charities, including parent-teacher associations, to receive a $25,000 grant, a Blue Bunny ice cream party and special recognition on Johnson’s race helmet. Nominations will be accepted at www.helmetofhope.org through April 14.
THE JOHNSON’S FEATURED IN GARDEN AND GUN: Johnson and his wife Chandra are featured in the April/May 10th anniversary issue of popular Southern lifestyle magazine “Garden and Gun.” The article -- titled, “The Slow Lane” --showcases the Johnsons in their Charlotte, North Carolina, home. To read the article, click here.