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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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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

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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

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single speed in final practice for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond with a top speed of 120.849 mph.

More importantly, Johnson seemed very happy with how his car is handling. A confident No. 48 driver with a fast car is hard to beat. Johnson rolls off the grid third, which means he is going to have a great pit and superior rack position to start.
Apr 23 - 11:59 AM

A vibration from a loose wheel cost Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps of the Food City 500 at Bristol. After logging 160 laps inside the top 10, he fell off the lead lap and finished 23rd.

One problem with having wins in the bank is that it creates situations in which teams gamble too frequently. Fantasy owners cannot quite trust drivers like Johnson or Kyle Busch who are locked into the playoffs for that reason.
Apr 17 - 8:46 PM

Jimmie Johnson had to fight hard to finish fourth in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He briefly lost a lap when a caution waved during a green flag pit stop, he avoided a late-race wreck with Austin Dillon, and charged into the top five.

Johnson was gunning for his fourth straight victory, but even with this near miss he has eight top-six finishes in his last nine Texas races. Consistency is almost as important as raw strength for fantasy players.
Apr 10 - 1:35 AM

Jimmie Johnson is widely considered one of the favorites at Martinsville Speedway, but his struggles on this track continued into a fourth consecutive race. By the personal standard of a driver with eight victories, finishing ninth in the STP 500 was a disappointment for race fans.

Johnson has not earned a top-five on this course since spring 2014. For most fantasy owners, it is time to wait for the No. 48 team to regain their dominance and concentrate on rising stars like the Joe Gibbs Racers.
Apr 3 - 6:38 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest 10-lap average in final practice for the STP 500 with a speed of 94.866 mph from his third to 12th circuits.

Johnson was also fifth-quickest in the morning session. He qualified poorly, but that could be a blessing in disguise because he will advance and earn positive place-differential points.
Apr 2 - 2:53 PM

Jimmie Johnson advanced from round one of STP 500 qualification in Martinsville Speedway, but by the narrowest of margins. He posted the 24th-fastest time of 96.117, which was 0.007 seconds faster than Carl Edwards.

The entire Hendrick Motorsports organization has struggled in qualification this season. For the STP 500, all four of their drivers advanced to the second round, however, and this is a track that has been friendly in race trim. .
Apr 1 - 4:42 PM

With Superman livery on his Lowe’s No. 48, Jimmie Johnson passed Kevin Harvick on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Auto Club 400.

According to the television commentators, this is the eighth time in Johnson’s last 11 races that Harvick has finished second to Johnson. That is a statistic worth remembering. This also the 22nd time during his career Johnson has finished on the lead lap on this track—which marks his entire career. With his 77th win, Johnson passed Dale Earnhardt Sr. for sole possession of seventh on the all-time winners list and this is his sixth win on this track.
Mar 20 - 6:57 PM

The steering wheel came off of Jimmie Johnson’s Chevrolet before his crash, according to NBC’s Dustin Long. Without a steering wheel, the car would not turn and Johnson slammed into the turn 2 wall.

"As I pulled on the wheel, it just came off in my hands. So, I was just sitting there with no steering and holding the steering wheel, staring at the blue wall, and I was along for the ride," Johnson said. This is not a mistake he is likely to make again.
Mar 12 - 1:06 PM

Jimmie Johnson crashed hard in the final round of qualification. The bottom left of his car bottomed out and sent him straight into the turn three wall.

"It was dragging the car through the center somewhat; something certainly happened," Johnson said." But they were not aware of what exactly that was. Johnson will drop to the back of the pack in his backup car.
Mar 12 - 11:21 AM

Jimmie Johnson finished third in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by narrowly edging Kyle Busch at the finish line.

For much of the day, Johnson had the best car. He was more than capable of winning and his laps inside the top five and 10 make him a solid value going forward on this track type. Look for him to challenge for the win two weeks from now at Auto Club Speedway and pencil him in for that 400-miler.
Mar 6 - 7:41 PM

Jimmie Johnson (#48 Chevrolet SS) had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the second practice for the Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

His average of 188.636 mph was best of the 16 cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. #3 Austin Dillon, #13 Casey Mears, #20 Matt Kenseth and #41 Kurt Busch are the rest of the top five on this list.
Mar 5 - 4:27 PM

Jimmy Johnson had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the Thursday afternoon NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test session at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

His average of 187.325 mph in the #48 Kobalt Chevrolet SS was best of the 26 cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final session. #20 Matt Kenseth, #41 Kurt Busch, #3 Austin Dillon and #2 Brad Keselowski were the rest of the top five on this list.
Mar 3 - 8:20 PM

Jimmie Johnson leads the first Thursday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test session at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

His speed of 192.981 mph in the #48 Kobalt Chevrolet SS was the best of the 38 cars out on the track running in the test leading up to Sunday’s Kobalt 400. #11 Denny Hamlin, #20 Matt Kenseth, #14 Brian Vickers and #10 Danica Patrick are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Michael McDowell, in the #95 Chevrolet, was the slowest at 180.536 mph.
Mar 3 - 4:12 PM