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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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After finishing the Auto Club 400 ninth, Jimmie Johnson has results of 11th or better in four of the first five races this year. His only poor finish came as the result of a blown tire at Las Vegas two weeks ago.
This is still not the Johnson fantasy owners have come to expect and he needs more top-fives before he is worth a fairly hefty salary cap in most games. Mar 22 - 9:44 PM

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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.

Race conditions tend to level the playing field and Johnson has a much longer history of success on the track. The No. 48 is a viable option to challenge the No. 41 for victory.
Mar 21 - 12:38 PM

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.

The field cut into his advantage, however. He had a 3/10ths lead over Ryan Newman in the morning, which was only 1/10th over Joey Logano in final practice. Still, Johnson has to be one of the favorites to win the Kobalt 400.
Mar 7 - 3:37 PM

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.

Kevin Harvick was also near the top of the leaderboard in third and the race could come down to a battle between the No. 48 and 4. Use final practice as the tiebreaker to choose a fantasy favorite.
Mar 7 - 12:28 PM

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.

This was also his 21st victory on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track and his second consecutive after winning at Texas last year. There are no more questions about what might be wrong with the No. 48 team.
Mar 1 - 6:18 PM

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.

The next-worst qualification attempt for Johnson at Atlanta was a 21st in 2001; he finished 29th that afternoon. Fantasy owners need to remember there are a lot of opportunities to get into trouble in heavy traffic.
Feb 28 - 6:46 PM

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.

Johnson was not perfect last year, however; he crashed out of the Coke Zero 400 on lap 20 and finished 42nd. Except in allocation management games, it is now time to think of him as a favorite on plate tracks.
Feb 22 - 6:26 PM

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.

Along with Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory in the first Duel and Jeff Gordon’s second-place finish, this clearly makes the Hendrick Motorsports stable favorites to win on Sunday. They need to stay out of trouble, but it is difficult to imagine that one, two, or all four will not finish in the top five.
Feb 19 - 11:05 PM

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.

Johnson can relax in the Gatorade Duel and take care of his car. That may allow him to turn that race into a practice session and could make him a greater value for the Daytona 500.
Feb 15 - 2:51 PM

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.

In the last six years Johnson has scored only one top-10 finish in this exhibition race, which was a fourth in 2011. He should still be considered a threat, however, because he started with six consecutive top-10s from 2003 through 2008. He won in 2005.
Feb 13 - 10:38 AM

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.

Winning one’s league is not only about picking drivers who will run well, but identifying those who might be ignored by the competition. No one truly expects Johnson to struggle two years in a row, but if one’s competitors are gun shy in the opening races, that will create a golden opportunity to get an early advantage.
Feb 10 - 10:07 AM

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.

During a late-race pit stop, they added a wheel spacer. This is legal to do, but rarely implemented because of the time that it takes. NASCAR wants teams to ask for permission before making this change and wanted to clarify that with the team. No penalties are forthcoming and Johnson retains his ninth-place position.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 12:37:00 PM

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.

Johnson is one of several previous Chasers who want to spoil the race for the current playoff contenders and motivation is a big, positive intangible.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 03:49:00 PM

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 year that was good enough to put Hamlin in Victory Lane. Johnson has just as much promise even though he has not scored a top-five at Homestead since 2010. He finished second that season.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 10:25:00 AM

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.

Johnson narrowly missed adding another top-five this spring. He finished sixth, but with his recent on-track struggles that would still make him one of the best values in any fantasy game.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 09:26:00 AM