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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 should be able to get his 2014 championship bid off to a strong start at Chicagoland. In his last 10 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks dating back to this race last year, he has finished in the top 10 in all but one event.
Equally important, Johnson has almost never stumbled at Chicagoland during his career. He has earned top-fives in 58 percent of his starts there and top-10s in 83 percent. He has not yet won on this track, but has earned three second-place finishes. Sep 10 - 4:57 PM

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It took five liters of fluids, but Jimmie Johnson was treated and released from the infield care center following the Federated Auto Parts 400.

"There is something that went wrong today," Johnson said. "It could have been my own nutrition plan. I felt like I came in plenty hydrated." He is one of the fittest drivers in the field and fantasy owners should not think of this as anything more than an isolated incident.
Sep 8 - 11:58 AM

Jimmie Johnson finished eighth in the Federated Auto Parts 400 and immediately collapsed next to his car, apparently overcome by some combination of exhaustion, heat, and dehydration. He was taken to the infield care center for observation, but is expected to be fine.

Even a relatively short race like the 400-lapper at Richmond can be physically demanding and Johnson is one of the fittest drivers in the field. Check for updates on this developing story.
Sep 6 - 10:58 PM

Jimmie Johnson finished fourth for the second consecutive week—this time in the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta. That came on the heels of a fourth at Bristol and a ninth at Michigan.

Johnson’s five-race streak of poor finishes from Daytona through Watkins Glen is becoming a distant memory with the Chase looming. Next week’s Federated Auto Parts 400 will be a wild affair with all of the locked in drivers and those whose only chance at a Chase berth is a victory taking wild risks. That means there are too many unknowns and Johnson should be saved for the playoffs.
Sep 1 - 12:04 PM

After finishing outside the top 10 in five consecutive races from Daytona through Watkins Glen, Jimmie Johnson is beginning to regain his momentum. He finished ninth at Michigan and fourth at Bristol.

Johnson had to overcome problems in both of those races. He had a broken shifter lever at Michigan and a speeding penalty at Bristol, and since he persevered, that will add to the confidence of the team. He will need that since he qualified modestly for the Oral-B USA 500 in 16th.
Aug 30 - 1:15 PM

Jimmie Johnson will race chassis No. 48-797 this week. This is the same car he drove at Michigan two weeks ago and finished ninth.

Johnson overcame a mid-race problem with his shifter lever in that race and the ninth-place finish might have been better without that problem. This team has long been one of the best on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and should be considered one of the marquee choices for the Oral-B USA 500.
Aug 29 - 10:01 AM

When Jimmie Johnson crossed under the checkers at Bristol fourth, he backed up one top-10 with another for the first time since June.

Johnson may have snapped his long streak of poor results with these two efforts, but fantasy players still want to wait until the Chase begins before taking a risk on the No. 48. Two more regular season races mean two more opportunities to gamble.
Aug 24 - 3:55 PM

Jimmie Johnson lost his momentum at Bristol in 2013 and seems to be carrying very little with him from the 2014 season. Four of his latest six races this year ended outside the top 25.

It appeared Johnson was going to have another bad run last week at Michigan when a shifter lever broke in his car. The team kept him in contention and an eighth-place finish might be what shakes them out of their funk. Cautious fantasy players will want to observe Johnson for another week, however, and consider activating him at Atlanta.
Aug 21 - 12:20 PM

Jimmie Johnson finished outside the top 25 in four of the last five races before the Pure Michigan 400 and early in the event it appeared he might be on his way to another poor finish. His shifter broke midway through the race and dropped him a lap off the pace, but a combination of luck and skill allowed him to finish ninth.

The No. 48 team was able to repair the shifter lever and Johnson regained the lead lap when a caution waved midway through a green flag sequence of pit stops on lap 169. It is efforts such as this that often means the difference between winning and losing a championship and it is the first time in a long while this team appeared to regain some of their old luck.
Aug 17 - 6:27 PM

The No. 48 crew spent most of the first practice session for the Pure Michigan 400 battling a tire vibration. As a result, they posted only the 39th fastest speed after running only five laps.

Johnson has not scored a top-10 in the past five races this season and should be considered a risky proposition for Sunday’s race. The crew has been experimenting in recent weeks and is in jeopardy of losing their momentum unless they reverse this trend.
Aug 15 - 1:34 PM

Jimmie Johnson’s problems continued for another week at the Glen. He was spun out of seventh with less than 10 laps remaining in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen and finished as the last driver on the lead lap in 28th.

That was his fourth sub-25th-place finish in the last five races and it threatens to rob the team of their momentum. His poor finish also snapped a seven-race, top-10 streak on road courses.
Aug 10 - 11:04 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the second fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. His top speed was 127.841 mph.

Johnson has one previous pole that was won on speed at the Glen in 2009, but he did not score a top-10 that weekend; he finished only 12th. Johnson was also awarded the pole by NASCAR’s rule book in 2004 and blew an engine that year to finish 40th.
Aug 8 - 2:27 PM

Jimmie Johnson has finished in the top 10 in his last seven road course races, including a streak high of third in the 2012 Finger Lakes 355k at the Glen.

If the team takes a more conservative approach with their tires this week, Johnson should be a good value in most fantasy games. Unfortunately, this team’s propensity to gamble in recent weeks should worry players and cause them to use Johnson sparingly until the Chase begins.
Aug 6 - 1:28 PM

Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 had yet another tire issue at Pocono—which was at least his fifth of the season—and retired from the 400 with crash damage in 39th. This is his third DNF (Did Not Finish) due to an accident in the past four weeks.

Throughout the week’s coverage suggested Johnson should be left in the garage because this team is testing dangerous setups and this result is the reason for those statements. Johnson should continue to be avoided until the Chase begins.
Aug 4 - 11:30 AM

Jimmie Johnson has struggled through most of the weekend in chassis No. 48-879. This car was last raced at Dover in June where it graced Victory Lane.

Dover is a steeply banked course, however, while Pocono is flat. And it seems as if the car knows the difference. Johnson doesn’t have much relief on the hauler because his backup was last raced at Bristol—another high-banked track.
Aug 2 - 12:12 PM