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Jimmie Johnson

Team: Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon-48
Age / DOB:  (40) / 9/7/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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As predicted in Rotoworld's pre-race coverage this week, Jimmie Johnson snapped a seven-race, top-10 streak at Sonoma Raceway when he crossed under the checkers 13th in the Toyota / Save Mart 350.
Many drivers would be fine with top-15s, but Johnson is too expensive for players to settle for anything outside the top 10. Still, Johnson will be on fantasy radar screen next year if he can start 2017 without the mistakes that have plagued him in 2016 because this was his ninth consecutive Sonoma top-15. Jun 27 - 12:44 PM

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Jimmie Johnson posted a lap that was good enough for only 15th on the Toyota / Save Mart 350 field at Sonoma Raceway. This is the fourth consecutive year that he will start 13th or worse.

Despite modest qualification, Johnson has finished in the top 10 in the past three years. In fact, he has a seven-race, top-10 streak going, but he will have to run an error-free race to keep that intact.
Jun 25 - 3:01 PM

Jimmie Johnson lands eighth on the chart in terms of average finishes for 2016. In the first 15 races this year, he has a result of 12.6.

On paper, it would appear Johnson has finished what he started with an average grid position of 13.00 and a positive place-differential of 0.40. His two wins came after he started 19th, however, and three results of 22nd or worse came after he qualified among the top 10, so there are some fairly wide swings in his weekend that can make the No. 48 difficult to predict.
Jun 17 - 1:54 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan. His best consecutive laps occurred during his first 10 on the circuit and he averaged a speed of 195.394.

Johnson is tempting, but he has struggled so much in recent weeks that it is difficult for fantasy owners to completely trust he will get the end of the FireKeepers Casino 400 without some kind of problem affecting his result.
Jun 11 - 10:17 AM

Jimmie Johnson failed to make the final round of 12 qualifiers at Michigan International Speedway for the Firekeepers Casino 400. His top speed of 197.498 mph was good enough for only 16th.

We would like to say that he is insured to improved, but the No. 48 driver has struggled on tracks that were traditionally kind. Teammate Kasey Kahne also failed to advance to the final round while Dale Earnhardt Jr. could not even make the top 24.
Jun 10 - 5:24 PM

"I kind of felt like he was playing with us," Jimmie Johnson said of Martin Truex Jr. in post-race coverage after finishing the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in third. Johnson did not sound terribly upset, however, because this stopped a three-race skid of finishes outside the top 15 on the track.

Last year was a miserable one for Johnson at Charlotte. He finished 40th in this race with crash damage and was 39th in the fall after blowing an engine, but once upon a time he dominated the 1.5-mile similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track with seven victories to his credit.
May 29 - 10:23 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the second-quickest lap in Saturday morning’s practice session with a speed of 186.076 set during his first 10 laps on the circuit.

Johnson rolls off the grid seventh and has a knack for Charlotte that should allow him to race with the leaders most of the afternoon/evening. He has not been the same dominant driver fantasy owners have come to expect, however, and is unlikely to lead a lot of laps early or to set many fastest laps.
May 28 - 11:20 AM

NASCAR announced earlier this week they would invert between nine and 11 cars before the final 13 laps of the Sprint All-star race. These cars would be required to take four tires while no one else could pit and Jimmie Johnson purposefully dropped to 12th in order to restart up front. The move backfired as 11 cars behind him had fresh rubber. Eleven of them passed him and the No. 48 finished 12th.

The fantasy NASCAR analysis at Rotoworld often talks of situational awareness, and it would seem Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus lacked it. If 20 cars remained on the lead lap and eight were between them and the cars with fresh rubber, this strategy would have been golden.
May 22 - 12:26 AM

Jimmie Johnson started 21st and finished 25th in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway, but that does not even begin to describe his afternoon. He meticulously made his way to the lead and led the field to green with 47 laps remaining, but his Chevrolet would not get in gear on the late-race restarts and 17 cars piled into him.

Without this problem, Johnson would likely have contended for the 11th Dover victory of his career and his fourth win in the past six races there. Instead, he has now experienced trouble in his latest two attempts.
May 20 - 10:41 AM

Scoring a top-five in one’s first Dover International Speedway start is no small feat, but Chase Elliott has some history on his side. Two Hendrick Motorsports drivers have fared extremely well in their first starts with Kyle Busch finishing second in both 2005 races and Jimmie Johnson winning both of his rookie events.

Elliott is destined to join the ranks of superstars anchored by these drivers. Top-fives are difficult to achieve, but look for Elliott to at least challenge for a top-10. He starts 13th in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
May 14 - 10:38 AM

Kasey Kahne failed to advance out of the first round of qualification, Chase Elliott will start 13th barely outside the top 12, and neither of the more experienced drivers were part of the pole run either. Jimmie Johnson posted a lap of 188.719 mph to start 15th while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 22nd-fastest with a 187.013 mph lap.

This organization has been a little hit or miss where qualification is concerned and they have not been entirely predictable in race trim. All of them should be good values, however, since they will have positive place-differential points.
May 6 - 7:35 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the 400 At Kansas Speedway. His speed of 183.286 mph was set from his second through 11th laps on the track.

Johnson has a scare in the final practice session when a malfunctioning ECU caused his engine to spin backwards. The team does not expect to replace the engine, however, and Johnson should still be considered one of this week’s favorites.
May 6 - 3:22 PM

The engine on Jimmie Johnson’s car apparently started running backwards about 15 minutes into the second practice session for the 400 at Kansas Speedway. He attempted to shut the engine down, but the team has not yet reported if this created a catastrophic issue. The ECU seems to have malfunctioned.

Johnson has experienced several strange occurrences such as his steering wheel coming off in his hands at Phoenix. If Johnson replaces his engine, he will be forced to roll off from the back of the grid regardless of where he qualifies.
May 6 - 1:52 PM

Chase Elliott won the pole for Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and will have a lot of help when the green flag waves. Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified third with a speed of 192.293 mph directly behind Elliott. Jimmie Johnson qualified fifth (192.116) to start immediately behind Junior. Kasey Kahne also advanced to the final round and lines up 11th—also on the inside row.

Look for these three drivers to draft closely in the opening laps to try and get some separation from the competition. If an early "Big One" erupts, that could be the difference between winning and losing this week.
Apr 30 - 2:16 PM

Jimmie Johnson ignored a tire vibration last week at Bristol Motor Speedway and lost a lap to the leaders. He finished 23rd in that short track race, but he got back on target with a third this week in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Johnson had the best 10-lap average on Saturday, which suggested he had a long run car. In the final 35-lap run, he maintained his position of third, but could not catch the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch.
Apr 24 - 4:58 PM