Thursday, July 6, 2017

Jimmie Johnson on Kentucky: "I just haven't mastered it yet"

Jimmie Johnson is 8/1 to win at Kentucky.
Jimmie Johnson on racing at Kentucky
“Kentucky is a tough one for me. I have some early fond memories. That’s the first place I drove a Cup car when Hendrick Motorsports put me under contract. I was a test driver for quite a few reps just getting my laps started there. So, that is probably the only fond memory I have of that track (laughs). When I look at my Busch Series days there, I wrecked a lot of race cars. We’ve had some competitive runs there and I don’t think the finishes show where our competitive level has been. It is just a very unique track. It always has been. The Turn 3 entry, regardless of the surface put down, it’s always been very challenging. I just haven’t mastered it yet.”

ASPEN PARADE: Jimmie Johnson celebrated the Fourth of July in his most natural environment – behind the wheel of his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet. Johnson, an avid outdoors enthusiast, frequents Aspen, Colorado, during the off-season and he and his family spent the recent holiday in the mountain town. Johnson brought his No. 48 Lowe’s showcar to the main streets of Aspen for the town’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration parade and gave Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo a ride as close to 20,000 residents and visitors looked on. Johnson also did a burnout in the streets. Click here to see Johnson’s tweet about the event.

SEEKING A WIN IN KENTUCKY: Of the 83 career wins Johnson has accumulated over his career, none of them have come at Kentucky. Kentucky is one of the three tracks where Johnson has yet to score a win – the other two are Chicago and Watkins Glen.

KENTUCKY DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Johnson has the fifth-best driver rating at Kentucky with a score of 102.1.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. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.

KENTUCKY STATS: In six starts at Kentucky, Johnson has an average start of 8.2 and an average finish of 11.5. His best finish at the mile-and-a-half track was a third-place result in the inaugural race in 2011. He has since added four additional top-10 finishes to his Kentucky resume.

LAPS LED: Johnson has the third highest amount of laps led at Kentucky of any current driver. He has paced the field for 203 total laps, 182 of which came at the race in 2013.


2017 Season

  • 7th in standings
  • 17 starts
  • 3 race wins
  • 1 stage win
  • 0 pole positions
  • 3 top-five finishes
  • 6 top-10 finishes
  • 188 laps led


  • 560 starts
  • 83 wins
  • 35 pole positions
  • 221 top-five finishes
  • 336 top-10 finishes
  • 18,634 laps led

Track Career 

  • 6 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 1 pole position
  • 1 top-five finish
  • 5 top-10 finishes
  • 203 laps led

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