Jimmie Johnson posted the second fastest lap in Saturday morning’s practice session at Auto Club Speedway. His speed of 184.247 mph was more than two and half seconds slower than leader Kurt Busch.
Jimmie Johnson had the fastest single lap in the morning session and he backed that up with another fast lap in final practice. His top speed was 187.637 mph.
Jimmie Johnson posted the single fastest lap of practice with a speed of 191.891 mph. That was more than 3/10ths of a second faster that second-place Ryan Newman.
Failing to clear inspection in time to take a qualification lap on Friday, Jimmie Johnson had a lot of ground to make up in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500. He started 37th, cracked the top 10 by lap 40, led 92 laps, and scored his 71st Cup win.
Jimmie Johnson was one of the drivers who failed to clear inspection at Atlanta on Friday and was relegated to the 37th starting position. He is joined in the back of the pack by teammate Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, and Regan Smith.
Jimmie Johnson finished fifth in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, which was his fifth top-five in the last five Daytona races. He swept Victory Lane in 2013 and finished fifth in last year’s 500.
Jimmie Johnson did not have any help in the second Gatorade Duel in Daytona because he was the only Hendrick Motorsports pilot in that race. As it turned out, he did not need any and won by 0.125 seconds over Kyle Busch after leading 41 laps.
Jimmie Johnson completed a Hendrick Motorsports sweep for the Daytona 500 front row. With a speed of 201.135 mph, he is the only driver other than teammate Jeff Gordon who knows where he will start next Sunday unless either of them have to roll out a backup car.
Along with his teammate Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson is another driver who has been snake bit in recent Sprint Unlimiteds. He has crashed and failed to finish his last three consecutive starts as well as four of the past six.
Jimmie Johnson had the worst season of his career last year and that may induce some fantasy owners to overlook him in the early part of the season. He ended 2014 with an average finish of only 18.3 in the final 18 races.
Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus were called to the NASCAR hauler following their ninth-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for failing to follow a NASCAR directive.
Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His top speed was 175.200 mph.
Jimmie Johnson is in the same situation that Denny Hamlin found himself last year. On the heels of a disappointing regular season and Chase, Johnson needs to finish strong at Homestead in order to give him momentum through the off-season.
Last week, Jimmie Johnson finally looked like the driver who dominated Chase championships in the past. He earned his third consecutive fall Texas win in dominant fashion and should be able to keep his momentum alive this week in light of his 13 top-fives in the past 16 races.