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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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Jimmie Johnson overcame a speeding penalty and bad track position late in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard to finish third at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He started the day 13th.
With 10 laps remaining in regulation, Johnson was running 11th. He was the best of the Hendrick Motorsports’ group at the time and it appeared they would fail to place any of their drivers in the top 10 for the second straight year in this race. Johnson’s third-place finish saved the organization’s honor, but it is too soon to know if they will carry this momentum forward to the next flat track race at Pocono Raceway. Jul 24 - 7:16 PM

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None of the Hendrick Motorsports drivers advanced into the final round of qualification. Jimmie Johnson had the 13th fastest time, Chase Elliott was 15th best, Jeff Gordon was 21st, while Kasey Kahne failed to make it into the top 24 and starts 26th.

This is significant because Hendrick has been one of the dominant organizations at this track, but with five drivers in the field last year they could not manage to crack the top 10. Discretion says that now is time to leave them in the garage and concentrate on one of the organizations trending up.
Jul 23 - 6:24 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard. He recorded his speed of 184.185 mph in his first run on the track.

The Brickyard has only two practices, both of which occur on Friday. Johnson was working primarily on qualification speed. That underscores how important track position is, but this team has regularly faded in race trim and this strategy could ultimately fail.
Jul 22 - 3:01 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted a lap of 133.971 mph in the final round of qualification for the New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to score his first career pole on this track. It was the 35th career pole for Johnson.

While Johnson does not have a pole on this track, he has started on the outside pole three times; one of these came via the NASCAR rule book, but after starting on the front row he has never finished in the top 10. He has a perfect record of top-10s after starting on row two or three seven times.
Jul 15 - 5:43 PM

Jimmie Johnson won at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway earlier this year and secured his spot in the Chase. That is a good thing, because he has become crash prone in recent months.

On May 1st, he was nicked twice in the Geico 500 at Talladega, but kept his car running until the end. That is part of a span of nine races in which he has experienced significant crash damage in six events. He failed to finish his last two at Daytona International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.
Jul 14 - 12:18 PM

Jimmie Johnson will be forced to roll out a backup car after contacting the wall in Friday morning’s session.

Johnson was one of the fastest drivers on Thursday and expected better results. He was also fast Friday morning before his accident. With rain still in the area, however, Johnson is going to be racing an untested car and given his propensity for mistakes in recent weeks, he should be avoided.
Jul 8 - 3:14 PM

Jimmie Johnson pancaked the right side of his Chevrolet in the second practice session for the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway.

All hands reported to deck as the other Hendrick Motorsports helped repair his car. Johnson posted a fast lap early and was second on the speed chart late in the session. Stay tuned for reports of whether Johnson will need to go to a back up car.
Jul 8 - 11:52 AM

Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest 10-lap average among four drivers who made long laps at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday. His top speed of 181.441 mph was set during laps 31 through 40. Teammate Chase Elliott was second-best.

Johnson has long been one of the top choices on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, but a series of mistakes has cost the team. It only takes one strong run to turn a season around, however, and Johnson is capable of winning the Quaker State 400.
Jul 7 - 7:58 PM

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

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