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Jimmie Johnson

Team: Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon-48
Age / DOB:  (41) / 9/7/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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Jimmie Johnson enters the Hellmann's 500 weekend with a four-race, top-10 streak in qualification at Talladega SuperSpeedway.
All but one of these races ended outside the top 15 including two results worse than 20th. That has cost his fantasy players not only poor finishing points, but significant place-differential points to make him one of the worst values in the game at his salary cap level. This week, he finally has momentum on his side and could reverse that trend. Oct 22 - 2:46 PM

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Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session for the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway with a speed of 196.386 mph.

Johnson is one of the drivers with nothing to lose this week. He has already punched his ticket to the third round of the Chase with a Charlotte Motor Speedway win and enters this race with very little stress.
Oct 21 - 5:28 PM

Jimmie Johnson finished fourth in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Johnson was the only driver in the field this week with nothing to lose since the Hollywood Casino 400 came on his Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway victory. Still, he needed a strong run to keep his momentum intact. This is the first time since March that he earned back-to-back top-fives and notably that pairing included a win at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Oct 16 - 6:08 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the slowest time among the Chase contenders in qualification for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and will line up 21st on Sunday.

Johnson will not be overly concerned about his qualification effort. He started 21st in this race last year before finishing third and was 19th last spring en route to a victory. His lap of 188.976 mph was .469 seconds slower than the leader of this round Kyle Busch.
Oct 14 - 7:02 PM

Jimmie Johnson led 155 laps of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, avoided mistakes, and won the Bank of America 500.

Johnson was suffering through the longest winless streak of his career at 24. He won twice earlier this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway—both of which are similarly-configured, 1.5- or two-mile tracks. This was his 78th career win and his eighth at Charlotte. In pre-race coverage we predicted he would challenge for win so long as he could stay out of trouble. This victory gives him an automatic advance into the round of eight, which is the first time in three years with the knockout-style format that he has been able to do so.
Oct 9 - 4:13 PM

Jimmie Johnson has six top-fives, including two victories, in his last nine races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

Unfortunately, only one of these came in the last four efforts. He ran well at Chicagoland Speedway three weeks ago, but this team has been plagued by mistakes. If they have an error-free race, they will finish in the top five in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Oct 7 - 6:51 PM

Jimmie Johnson appeared to be on his way to the Citizen Soldier 400 victory at Dover International Speedway until the team made yet another mistake. Too many men over the wall on a late pit stop cost them a lap.

Johnson was able to pick his way back to seventh as the first driver one lap off the pace. They have shown speed in recent weeks, but are difficult to handicap very high until they exorcise these errors.
Oct 2 - 6:42 PM

Jimmie Johnson has 10 Dover wins, which is the most among active and inactive drivers alike.

Getting double-digit wins on a NASCAR track in the Modern Era is almost impossible, so this should factor heavily in his handicap. Johnson’s last two Dover attempts were marred by a broken rear seal in this race last year and crash damage in the spring. Prior to that, he won three of four races and finished third, so he has to still be considered a favorite.
Oct 1 - 9:52 AM

Jimmie Johnson entered New Hampshire Motor Speedway eighth in the points and he exited eighth in the standings—courtesy of an eighth-place finish in the Bad Boy Off Road 300.

That is not the kind of dominance we once associated with Johnson and the No. 48 team, but they took an important step nonetheless by having an error-free race. Johnson could be a great sleeper at Dover International Speedway next week. That is one of his best tracks in his career and Hendrick Motorsports is finally showing consistent strength.
Sep 25 - 7:54 PM

Jimmie Johnson thinks he knows what happened last week when he was caught speeding late in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. He nailed the accelerator about two feet too soon at the end of pit road.

Johnson spent the first several minutes of the second practice session for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway testing his pit road speed. Mistakes have plagued this team all season, so it is difficult to predict they will stay out of trouble even with this extra effort.
Sep 24 - 9:28 AM

Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. both failed the LIS (Laser Inspection Station) platform following their Chicagoland Speedway finishes. Truex won the race; Johnson finished 12th.

According to NBC’s Dustin Long both failed at the lowest level, which means Truex will not be stripped of the bonus associated with his victory and will automatically advance to round two of the Chase. Both will likely incur a 10-point penalty, however, which will drop Johnson from eighth to a three-way tie for 12th in the standings along with Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick.
Sep 19 - 3:25 PM

Jimmie Johnson was well on his way to a top-five finish in the first Chase race of 2016, but a speeding penalty in the Chicagoland Speedway pits with about 30 laps remaining mired him in traffic and dropped him to 12th at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 checkers.

Johnson finished 11th in this race last year and was sixth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to start that Chase. He should have advanced easily at Dover International Speedway, but a minor mechanical failure derailed his effort. In 2014, three bad races in round two kept him from advancing as well. Johnson can ill-afford to make any more mistakes in this knockout-style playoff.
Sep 19 - 12:15 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest 10-lap average Friday afternoon among 10 drivers who went that far. His top speed of 180.909 mph was set during his first 10 laps on track.

Johnson also had the fastest single lap and this combination often points to a driver prepared to run in the top five or 10 most of the afternoon. Johnson’s 2016 record still makes him a questionable fantasy value, however.
Sep 17 - 10:43 AM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. His fastest lap was 183.780 mph, which was 0.077 second faster than Carl Edwards.

Johnson has finished only 11th and 12th in his last two starts on this track and he has struggled in recent races this season. Johnson has a fresh start with the Chase kickoff, but it is too soon to project he will win on Sunday.
Sep 16 - 7:46 PM

Jimmie Johnson finished 11th in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway and failed to crack the top 10 for the 13th time in his most recent 18 races—which is a rolling half season.

Johnson has less impetus entering the 2016 Chase than possible anytime since its inception. Momentum can turn on a dime, however, and Johnson could still be a good value in the next 10 races.
Sep 11 - 1:48 PM