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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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Jimmie Johnson took the lead for the first time with about 15 laps remaining in regulation at Dover International Speedway and scored his 10th victory on this tough old track.
Three of his wins on this track came in the last four races, which is a feat of dominance that is hard to find in Modern Day NASCAR. Fantasy owners who played it safe were rewarded. Next week’s venue Pocono Raceway is another predictable track that often goes to marquee teams. May 31 - 4:47 PM

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Jimmie Johnson posted the second-quickest time in Saturday morning’s practice session. His top speed of 154.703 mph was set during his first 10 laps on the track.

Johnson rolls off the grid 14th and will need to rely on a long green flag segment in the early stages of the race to establish track position. Once he gets to the head of the field, he will stay there and should contend for his 10th Dover victory.
May 30 - 3:40 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in Dover’s first practice session. His top speed was 163.867 mph.

The last time Johnson won a pole at Dover was in the 2010 AAA 400; he won that event. He also started first the following spring by NASCAR’s rule book and he finished ninth.
May 29 - 12:25 PM

Jimmie Johnson has appealed his P1 penalty for taking too many passes through the inspection line in the past two weekends. The penalty would have caused him to make one of the last two selections for a pit stall, which would insure that he had one of the worst pits in the field.

Dover International Speedway has one of the most treacherous pit roads and this would have been a distinct disadvantage. By appealing, the team can defer the penalty to next week at Pocono where pit selection is not as critical.
May 29 - 11:56 AM

Jimmie Johnson and Justin Allgaier have received P1 penalties from NASCAR for taking too many passes through the inspection line during the All-star and Coke 600 weekends. No matter how well they qualify at Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400, they will have the last two pit stall selections.

On a tight pit road like Dover, that is a significant penalty and it is going to have a negative impact on Johnson’s ability to win. Allgaier qualified 35th in two of his last three starts and will not feel the impact nearly as much.
May 27 - 6:05 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the second-quickest time in the morning session (of 17 drivers who went that distance) for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 187.437 mph during his first 10 laps on track. He was fifth quickest of 27 drivers in final practice.

Johnson should be able to record a top-10 finish, but a little more is expected of him at Charlotte. If he fits a niche he should be used, but there is no reason to rearrange a roster just to accommodate the No. 48.
May 23 - 7:48 PM

Jimmie Johnson will seek his third all-star victory in four years when he rolls off the grid Saturday night. He won the 2012 and 2013 editions before finishing sixth last year.

Johnson has another win in 2003, which is part of eight top-fives in this race. That equates to a top-five ratio of 69 percent.
May 14 - 9:51 PM

Jimmie Johnson stayed out on old tires at Kansas Speedway in the SpongeBob 400 with six laps remaining and held off a charging Kevin Harvick to win his 73rd NASCAR Cup race.

This is his third win of the season and all of them have come on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. Johnson has reasserted himself as the king of this track type and should be a favorite at Charlotte Motor Speedway in two weeks.
May 10 - 1:12 AM

Jimmie Johnson pushed Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the Geico 500 lead, but he would have preferred to win. He was never quite able to get the right push from the competition and then chose to stay in line to help Hendrick Motorsports record a one-two result.

Johnson is starting the season with a near perfect record. He started in the top five in both plate races this year. He scored a fifth at Daytona and now a second at Talladega.
May 3 - 5:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson struggled badly in practice and rolled off the grid 36th Sunday afternoon. He carved his way to the front easily and scored his fourth top-five of the year.

Equally important three of these top-fives came after he qualified outside the top 25 (Atlanta Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway). In addition to race points, Johnson earned major place differential points, which has made him one of the top values in those events.
Apr 26 - 4:37 PM

Jimmie Johnson simply could not find speed when he needed it and will roll off the grid 36th on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. This is the third time this season that he failed to advance to the round of 24.

Before fantasy players write him off, however, they should note that his other two poor qualification efforts ended in a second at Bristol Motor Speedway after starting 28th and a victory at Atlanta from 37th.
Apr 24 - 10:29 PM

Jimmie Johnson sustained major crash damage on a couple of occasions and incurred a penalty by NASCAR during the race, but he managed to get back on the lead lap and then surged to the top five. Johnson even had a shot to win in the final laps and finished second in the Food City 500 Supporting Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer.

Short track racing is a style that rewards perseverance. Johnson’s fight back from a lap down was impressive and underscores the strength of this team.
Apr 19 - 10:40 PM

Jimmie Johnson led 128 laps in the Duck Commander 500 and won his fifth race at Texas Motor Speedway by more than a second over Kevin Harvick. His other four victories came in the fall.

Johnson now has a victory in each of the last four years to make him one of the prohibitive favorites when the series returns to this track in November. He has finished second or better in five of the last seven races at Texas and has a sixth. The only time he failed to crack the top 10 was because of crash damage in last year’s rain delayed Duck Commander 500.
Apr 11 - 11:31 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the second quickest average speed at Texas with a 185.476 mph run in his first 10 laps of practice.

Johnson needs a bit of a confidence booster after sustaining crash damage at Martinsville last week and finishing 35th. He also sustained damage in last year’s Duck Commander 500 and finished 25th, but the No. 48 won the last three consecutive fall races. There is no doubt about his ability to go fast.
Apr 10 - 1:32 PM

Since winning the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 and locking into the 2015 Chase for the Championship, Jimmie Johnson has been uneven. He has only one top-10 and another 11th in the past four races.

All three of his sub-10th-place finishes were marred by crash damage, but at least one of these came as the result of a blown tire that might suggest Johnson is experimenting with radical setups. He is a risky fantasy proposition.
Apr 6 - 9:32 AM