Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Johnson looking for better plate results at Talladega

Jimmie Johnson is 15/1 to win at Talladega.
Jimmie Johnson on racing at Talladega
“Talladega is crazy. It’s about survival. I hope we have a better showing at this restrictor plate track than we did in Daytona, where we crashed. Either way, it should be great entertainment for the fans. I’m looking forward to Andrew Moore’s perspective as a photographer for us this weekend as well.”

LATELY AT DEGA: According to NASCAR’s loop data since 2005, Jimmie Johnson has an average running position at Talladega of 14.938 and average finish of 16.0. Johnson’s last win at the superspeedway was on April 17, 2011, when teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushed Johnson to the finish line, tying the closest finish in NASCAR history (since the implementation of electronic scoring) as he edged Clint Bowyer by 0.002 seconds at the stripe.

APPROACHING NEXT MILESTONE: Johnson is currently seventh on NASCAR’s all-time wins list, 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.

TALLADEGA DRIVER RATING: Johnson has the fifth-best driver rating at Talladega with a score of 87.9, 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.

DUDE’S GOT STYLE: Johnson was recently featured in The New York Times' Men’s Style section, showcasing his five go-to fashion must haves. Johnson’s photo shoot for the feature took place at the Woody Creek Tavern in Aspen, Colorado, and can be seen here.

PICTURE PERFECT: As part of an ongoing photography project designed to showcase Johnson’s life at the racetrack with a unique perspective, New York-based photographer Andrew Moore will be in attendance this weekend in Talladega. Moore, an American photographer and filmmaker, is known for large format color photographs of architecture and landscapes. He will take over Johnson’s social media handles (@JimmieJohnson on Instagram & Twitter, www.facebook.com/JimmieJohnson on Facebook) throughout the weekend to showcase his viewpoint as he attends his first NASCAR event.

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.

LOCAL TIES: Longtime No. 48 front-tire carrier R.J. Barnette hails from nearby Pinson, Alabama, and played football at Samford University. This is Barnette’s eighth season on the Lowe’s team and he has earned three championships with Johnson behind the wheel.

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