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Team: Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon-48
Age / DOB:  (39) / 9/7/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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Jimmie Johnson failed to finish in the top five on an unrestricted speedway in his last nine starts with his last such finish coming at Pocono Raceway. During his disappointing run, he finished second in the Coke Zero 400 on a plate track, but had an average finish of 14.2 in that span of races.
Johnson typically picks up during the Chase for the Championship; only two regular season races remain before the playoffs and it is getting close to time to place-and-hold the No. 48 in fantasy NASCAR games. Aug 22 - 11:29 PM

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Jimmie Johnson slapped the wall in the first practice session and damaged the right front of his Chevrolet. The team is working on the car and does not expect to go to a backup.

Johnson cannot afford another bad finish. He has not recorded a top-five since the wild card Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and has two results outside the top 20 in the last five races.
Aug 21 - 11:50 AM

Jimmie Johnson finished 10th in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, which was his ninth top-10 finish on a rod course in his last 10 attempts.

That means he has been almost perfect on this track type for half a decade. If one expands the parameters the statistics look even more impressive because Johnson has not failed to finish on the lead lap on a road course in more than a decade.
Aug 10 - 12:13 AM

Jimmie Johnson entered last year’s Cheez-it 355k at the Glen with a three-race, top-10 streak. That ended when he sustained crash damage and finished toward the back of the pack in 28th.

Johnson posted the third-fastest single lap during the first practice for Sunday’s race, but he also ran well in single-car runs last year and qualified third. Most of his road course races in the past five years have ended between fifth and 10th, so fantasy owners need to decide if that is enough to support his salary cap demands.
Aug 7 - 2:22 PM

Jimmie Johnson added a sixth-place finish in the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway to his third in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 this June. It was the first time since 2011 that he has swept the top-10 at this track.

His sixth-place finish comes on the heels of a 22nd at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and a 15th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway—both of which are flat tracks. Johnson did not have a dominant car, but he picked the right strategy at the end.
Aug 2 - 8:27 PM

Jimmie Johnson had a scary moment in the garage in Saturday’s final practice session for the Windows 10 400. He struck an unnamed hard-card carrying visitor with his Chevrolet. Hard cards are issued to crew and permanent members of the media.

The bystander was reportedly uninjured, but the incident shook the driver. It did not impact his on-track results, however, since Johnson was fourth on the speed chart midway through the session.
Aug 1 - 12:03 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the second fastest lap in the first practice session for the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard with a speed of 181.796 mph.

Johnson’s four wins on this track makes him an obvious favorite for Sunday’s race and this speed confirms that prediction. Track position is not overly important on the 2.5-mile flat track, but cars that roll off the hauler fast often keep their speed for the entire weekend.
Jul 24 - 11:32 AM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest time of the Hendrick Motorsports brigade at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 5-Hour Energy 301. He clocked a lap of 134.501 mph and will line up seventh for Sunday’s race.

This will be Johnson’s third consecutive top-10 start on this track. Last year he posted the second-fastest time, but experimentation with tires caused him to crash early. The team worked the bugs out and he finished fifth after starting sixth in the fall.
Jul 18 - 9:43 AM

Jimmie Johnson was considered one of the favorites to challenge for the victory at Kentucky Speedway in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts. A long pit stop on lap 82 to fix a handling issue mired him in traffic and he never challenged for the lead afterward. He finished ninth.

Many drivers in the field would accept that as a minor success, but Johnson won four of the last six races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and needed to finish in the top five to be a good fantasy value.
Jul 12 - 10:39 AM

NASCAR dried Kentucky Speedway and got the cars back on track for a final 90 minutes of practice. Fifteen minutes into that session, Jimmie Johnson slipped into the wall and damaged the right rear of his car.

The damage was not overly severe and may have been caused by a seep of water. Johnson should still be considered a favorite to finish near the top 10.
Jul 10 - 4:41 PM

Jimmie Johnson has swept the top 10 at Kentucky Speedway in his four starts at that track, but he the statistics suggest he might have difficulty keeping the streak alive. In each of the last four races he finished worse than the time before and scored a 10th last year.

In five similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races this year Johnson won three times and finished in the 40s twice. He should not have any real difficulty in keeping his top-10 streak alive and should challenge for the win.
Jul 8 - 10:13 PM

Jimmie Johnson was the only driver who could occasionally challenge Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Coke Zero 400. Johnson led the second-most laps of 35 to Earnhardt’s 97, but he could not quite get enough help to make a last-lap pass on his teammate.

Johnson finished fifth in the Daytona 500 and was second to Earnhardt at Talladega SuperSpeedway in the Geico 500 to easily become the second-best driver on restrictor-plate, superspeedways this season.
Jul 6 - 3:09 AM

Jimmie Johnson stayed out on old tires with eight laps remaining and could not hold off five drivers in the closing circuits of the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. He finished sixth after leading 45 of the 110 laps.

With four wins to his credit, Johnson had nothing to lose by staying out. Players need to constantly be aware of the position in which their fantasy drivers find themselves and evaluate the risk of starting them. Johnson’s sixth-place finish earned just enough points to make him a good, but not great value.
Jun 28 - 8:06 PM

For the seventh time in the past eight races, Jimmie Johnson finished among the top three. He scored a third at Pocono Raceway in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400.

Johnson’s only poor finish in that span of races came at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he crashed with a risky setup. He looks like the championship contender that won six championships.
Jun 7 - 4:34 PM

Jimmie Johnson struggled some in Saturday’s practice sessions for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway if the numbers are to be believed. He posted the 19th fastest lap in final practice and was 12th in the morning.

Johnson did not make any 10-lap runs on Saturday and that could be an indication he was not particularly happy with his car. At his cap level, cautious fantasy players will want to leave him in the garage.
Jun 6 - 6:12 PM