|Jimmie Johnson is 8/1 to win on Sunday at Richmond.|
"Dale Jr. is a great friend and teammate. I support him 100 percent and I'm very excited for what's to come for him. I can't wait to see what he's going to be able to do in that race car to finish out his career."
Johnson on racing at Richmond
“Winning back-to-back races is really amazing, and it does create some momentum, but Texas, Bristol and the upcoming Richmond racetracks are all their own unique entities. Like Bristol, we have had some struggles at Richmond, it’s one of those tracks for the No. 48 team and we will take it as it comes, but the momentum surely helps."
Johnson on claiming 82 Cup Series wins
“It's mind-blowing. I cannot believe that we're sitting here with 82 wins. That is such a big number. I remember as a kid traveling around the country racing dirt bikes and walking into my first Hardee's, and I thought it was a race shop for Cale Yarborough and then I realized it was a hamburger stand. I was a little disappointed, but in all seriousness, to be in this position is quite an honor.”
82 AND COUNTING: Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson scored back-to-back wins at Texas and Bristol, propelling his all-time win count to 82. Johnson, who prior to last weekend had only one career win in 30 starts at Bristol, found his way back to Victory Lane for the first time since 2010 at the half-mile track. The driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS took control of the lead for the final 20 laps for the win, which propelled the team from 11th to sixth in the point standings.
TESTING INDY: Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s team are participating in a two-day Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on April 25 and 26.
APPROACHING NEXT MILESTONE: Johnson is currently seventh on NASCAR’s all-time wins list, and his Bristol victory puts him just one win away from tying NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for sixth on the list. Yarborough, a three-time Cup Series champion, won 83 times in his storied career.
RICHMOND DRIVER RATING: Johnson has the seventh-best driver rating at Richmond with a score of 90.6, according to NASCAR’s loop data since 2005. 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.
DUE FOR A WIN AT RICHMOND: Three of Johnson’s 82 career wins have come at Richmond International Raceway. However, the No. 48 team hasn’t found Victory Lane at the track since Sept. 7, 2008. The team has been performing better at the 0.75-mile track as of late, as Johnson earned a pair of third-place finishes in the spring events at Richmond in 2015 and 2016 and hasn’t finished outside of the top 11 since September 2014.
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.
RICHMOND TICKET PACKAGE: Once again, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Johnson will join forces with Richmond International Raceway for a family ticket package for the Sunday, April 30, event. The package includes a 15-minute Q&A with Johnson, a NASA hands-on activity and a ticket to the race. Tickets are $24 for kids 12 and younger, and $48 for adults. For more information, click here.