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Team: Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon-48
Age / DOB:  (38) / 9/7/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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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

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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

Jimmie Johnson posted only the 30th fastest lap in the first practice session for the 400. On one of his qualification runs, he nearly wrecked and was never happy with the car’s performance.

It appears the science experiments are continuing in the No. 48 camp. When this team thinks too far out of the box, terrible things occasionally happen like their accident on low air pressures two weeks ago in New Hampshire.
Aug 1 - 2:53 PM

So far in 2014 Jimmie Johnson is batting 0.500 in regard to flat track top-10s. His best results have come at Martinsville with a second and a pair of sixths at Phoenix and Pocono.

Johnson’s worst finish on this track type was a 42nd at New Hampshire after the team experimented on low air pressures. He lost two tires early and crashed, which leaves fantasy players wondering just how much the team will gamble until the Chase begins.
Jul 30 - 5:55 PM

Jimmie Johnson failed to keep a two-race, top-five streak at Indy alive on Sunday after finishing 14th in the Brickyard 400.

For another driver a finish in the top 15 might seem like an accomplishment, but so much more is expected from Johnson—especially since he finished first and second in his last two efforts on this track. The No. 48 team is experimenting with strategies and setups for the Chase and cannot be relied on for consistent top-five finishes until further notice.
Jul 27 - 10:45 PM

Rain delayed the start of final practice by an hour and a half and shortened it to only about 30 minutes, but Jimmie Johnson made the most of the abbreviated session to log the fastest single lap with a speed of 189.298 mph.

This speed eclipsed Ryan Newman’s track record set last year by more than a mile and half. Grip levels will fall off some before qualification, but look for several drivers to beat the previous record. Qualifying on the front row is important at Indy. Last year Newman and Johnson finished first and second in the Crown Royal 400 after starting in those same positions.
Jul 26 - 11:10 AM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fourth-fastest lap in Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s first practice session for the Crown Royal 400. His top speed was 185.647 mph.

Johnson has started on the first two rows on four previous occasions at Indy and his results have been a mixed bag. He won from the pole in 2008 and finished second after starting second last year, so he would like to back up his fast practice with a strong qualification run on Saturday.
Jul 25 - 1:32 PM