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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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Failing to clear inspection in time to take a qualification lap on Friday, Jimmie Johnson had a lot of ground to make up in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500. He started 37th, cracked the top 10 by lap 40, led 92 laps, and scored his 71st Cup win.
This was also his 21st victory on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track and his second consecutive after winning at Texas last year. There are no more questions about what might be wrong with the No. 48 team. Mar 1 - 6:18 PM

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Jimmie Johnson was one of the drivers who failed to clear inspection at Atlanta on Friday and was relegated to the 37th starting position. He is joined in the back of the pack by teammate Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, and Regan Smith.

The next-worst qualification attempt for Johnson at Atlanta was a 21st in 2001; he finished 29th that afternoon. Fantasy owners need to remember there are a lot of opportunities to get into trouble in heavy traffic.
Feb 28 - 6:46 PM

Jimmie Johnson finished fifth in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, which was his fifth top-five in the last five Daytona races. He swept Victory Lane in 2013 and finished fifth in last year’s 500.

Johnson was not perfect last year, however; he crashed out of the Coke Zero 400 on lap 20 and finished 42nd. Except in allocation management games, it is now time to think of him as a favorite on plate tracks.
Feb 22 - 6:26 PM

Jimmie Johnson did not have any help in the second Gatorade Duel in Daytona because he was the only Hendrick Motorsports pilot in that race. As it turned out, he did not need any and won by 0.125 seconds over Kyle Busch after leading 41 laps.

Along with Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory in the first Duel and Jeff Gordon’s second-place finish, this clearly makes the Hendrick Motorsports stable favorites to win on Sunday. They need to stay out of trouble, but it is difficult to imagine that one, two, or all four will not finish in the top five.
Feb 19 - 11:05 PM

Jimmie Johnson completed a Hendrick Motorsports sweep for the Daytona 500 front row. With a speed of 201.135 mph, he is the only driver other than teammate Jeff Gordon who knows where he will start next Sunday unless either of them have to roll out a backup car.

Johnson can relax in the Gatorade Duel and take care of his car. That may allow him to turn that race into a practice session and could make him a greater value for the Daytona 500.
Feb 15 - 2:51 PM

Along with his teammate Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson is another driver who has been snake bit in recent Sprint Unlimiteds. He has crashed and failed to finish his last three consecutive starts as well as four of the past six.

In the last six years Johnson has scored only one top-10 finish in this exhibition race, which was a fourth in 2011. He should still be considered a threat, however, because he started with six consecutive top-10s from 2003 through 2008. He won in 2005.
Feb 13 - 10:38 AM

Jimmie Johnson had the worst season of his career last year and that may induce some fantasy owners to overlook him in the early part of the season. He ended 2014 with an average finish of only 18.3 in the final 18 races.

Winning one’s league is not only about picking drivers who will run well, but identifying those who might be ignored by the competition. No one truly expects Johnson to struggle two years in a row, but if one’s competitors are gun shy in the opening races, that will create a golden opportunity to get an early advantage.
Feb 10 - 10:07 AM

Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus were called to the NASCAR hauler following their ninth-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for failing to follow a NASCAR directive.

During a late-race pit stop, they added a wheel spacer. This is legal to do, but rarely implemented because of the time that it takes. NASCAR wants teams to ask for permission before making this change and wanted to clarify that with the team. No penalties are forthcoming and Johnson retains his ninth-place position.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 12:37:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His top speed was 175.200 mph.

Johnson is one of several previous Chasers who want to spoil the race for the current playoff contenders and motivation is a big, positive intangible.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 03:49:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson is in the same situation that Denny Hamlin found himself last year. On the heels of a disappointing regular season and Chase, Johnson needs to finish strong at Homestead in order to give him momentum through the off-season.

Last year that was good enough to put Hamlin in Victory Lane. Johnson has just as much promise even though he has not scored a top-five at Homestead since 2010. He finished second that season.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 10:25:00 AM

Last week, Jimmie Johnson finally looked like the driver who dominated Chase championships in the past. He earned his third consecutive fall Texas win in dominant fashion and should be able to keep his momentum alive this week in light of his 13 top-fives in the past 16 races.

Johnson narrowly missed adding another top-five this spring. He finished sixth, but with his recent on-track struggles that would still make him one of the best values in any fantasy game.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 09:26:00 AM

Jimmie Johnson held off playoff contenders Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski to win his third consecutive fall Texas race. He won the race on old tires and survived two green-white-checkered attempts.

With the pressure of the playoffs off his shoulder, Johnson looked more relaxed this weekend than he did all year, but the question was whether he would be able to put his bad luck behind him. Now that he has done that, he could be a good fantasy value for the remaining two races.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 07:23:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the single fastest lap in final practice for the AAA Texas 500. His top speed was 193.791 mph.

Johnson has won the last two fall races on this track, but his recent struggles make him questionable for most fantasy players. Anyone who believes this team has simply been beset by bad luck might want to roll the dice and hope he has an incident-free race on Sunday.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 02:58:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson has won the last two fall Texas races and hopes that he can keep that streak alive.

It is difficult to prediction he will run well since results for this team have been uniformly disappointing since the Chase began. Johnson also carried the momentum of strong spring runs with him into those races with top-10s in both early events. This spring he suffered crash damage in the opening laps of the race and was never able to recover.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 01:25:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in the Saturday morning practice session for the Goody's 500. His fastest lap was 98.023 mph.

Johnson qualified seventh and should be able to get to the lead early. Expect him to lead a lot of laps on Sunday and earn the bonus points that go along with that.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 09:53:00 AM