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Team: Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon-48
Age / DOB:  (40) / 9/7/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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Jimmie Johnson represented the importance of every single detail at Dover International Speedway in the fall. A broken rear seal dropped him from contention to win the AAA 400 to a position outside the top 40 and cost him any opportunity to win the championship.
Johnson was a favorite to win that week and his stumble cost a lot of points. Because he was so popular, however, he took the majority of players down with him and leveled the playing field. Johnson’s five victories last year put him in a three-way tie for second on that list along with Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Joey Logano had the most wins with six. Jan 12 - 3:56 PM

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Jimmie Johnson finished ahead of Josh Wise in nearly every 2015 Cup race they entered, and he was in the lead once more during the off-season. Johnson ran a half-marathon last weekend in one hour, 27 minutes and beat Wise to the rope by about two minutes.

The equipment was the same as both just had their two legs. As in NASCAR, these two athletes outpaced most of the competition as the cream rose to the top.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 05:02:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS) finished ninth in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

He started 12th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 267-lap event. Johnson, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, scored five wins (Atlanta - March 1st, Fort Worth - April 11th and November 8th, Kansas - May 9th and Dover - May 31st), one pole, 14 top-fives, 22 top-10s and closed out the season 10th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 10:58:00 AM

Jimmie Johnson was penalized early in the Ford EcoBoost 400 after a crew member made an illegal adjustment to the right rear of his Chevrolet. A crew member attempted to surreptitiously body slam the quarter panel during a pit stop in front of the right rear tire to make an indentation that would provide greater down force.

NASCAR’s has cameras focused on every pit stall and was able to note the infraction. Johnson was penalized and briefly lost a lap, but he managed to get back in front of the leader and capitalized on one of seven caution flags.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 09:44:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson led the first 44 laps of the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 and then settled into a comfortable position among the top five to watch Kevin Harvick dominate the race. He left pit road fifth on his final stop and was scored there when the rains fell.

On the heels of a victory last week at Texas Motor Speedway, this gives Johnson some momentum at the end of the season and could make him a surprisingly good value next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 09:28:00 AM

Jimmie Johnson set the fastest time in the third and final round of qualification at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 143.158 mph. He will lead the field to green on Sunday in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500.

Johnson won the AAA Texas 500 last week, so this means he is picking up where he left off. His speed reset the track record that was broken by Kurt Busch in the second round. If Johnson can win on Sunday, it will be bad news for Chase contenders Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski—who failed to advance to the final round of time trials—but also Busch who qualified on this week’s outside pole.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 07:43:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. His top speed of 141.827 mph was only 0.008 seconds faster than second-place Kyle Larson.

Coming off last week’s AAA Texas 500 victory, Johnson has a lot of confidence and cannot be overlooked by fantasy players.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 03:29:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson scored his third consecutive Texas Motor Speedway victory with a late-race surge. Last year, he started this streak by winning the AAA Texas 500 as a non-Chase contender.

By winning, Johnson took the victory from Chase contender Brad Keselowski—who practically needs a win in order to advance to the final round of the Chase. As he crossed the finish line, Johnson yelled "we’re back" on the radio.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 06:04:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson enters this weekend’s AAA Texas 500 as the defending winner of the last two races on this track. He started last fall’s race third and qualified fifth this spring.

That suggests Johnson is going to be a great value so long as he qualifies well this week. Fantasy owners should keep a close eye on him, but also be aware that his recent luck has not been all that great.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 11:15:00 AM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. His top speed of 97.108 mph was 8/100th of a second faster than second-best Kevin Harvick.

Johnson has a lot of success at Martinsville, but he is still flying under the radar because of recent misfortune. He could be one of the best values this week and a great differentiator for players’ rosters.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 12:57:00 PM

When a caution waved with slightly more than 20 laps remaining in regulation, Jimmie Johnson stayed out of track while the rest of the field pitted. On old tires, he held on to finish third in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Many believed that he stayed out in order to trap Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. a lap off the pace, but he apparently knew how strong his car was on old rubber. He needed the confidence booster as this was his first top-five in the past seven weeks.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 06:26:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. His top speed was 188.983 mph.

Johnson is one of the favorites every time the series rolls onto a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track, but engine woes last week might have fantasy owners a little nervous. There is no empirical reason to avoid Johnson, but players should rely on their instinct and use him situationally—which means they should be aware of their competition’s trends. Behave contrarily.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 03:26:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest five-lap and 10-lap averages in the second practice session for the Bank of America 500. His five-lap average was 185.46 mph while his 10-lap average was 183.81.

Johnson was dropped from Chase contention at Dover after experiencing a mechanical problem. In the past he has been one of the dominant performers on this track and will contend for the victory again this week.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 04:40:00 PM

A broken rear seal caused the No. 48 to leak fluid from the axle and sent Jimmie Johnson to the pits just past the 100-lap mark. He lost 37 laps making repairs and could not make up any significant ground in the race. Johnson finished 41st in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and failed to advance to the Contender round.

Johnson entered the race with a 25-point cushion and was expected to easily advance and challenge for his seventh Cup championship. He will continue to be a solid fantasy value, however, even though he no longer has a shot at the big prize.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 09:21:00 PM

In the Modern Era of NASCAR with its focus on parity among all major teams, recording 10 wins is unheard of, but Jimmie Johnson earned his 10th Dover trophy this spring in the FedEx 400.

This is not a momentary blip for the six-time champion. Three of his victories came in the past four races with another third tossed in for good measure. Fantasy owners should expect him to challenge for another top-five this week.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 08:28:00 PM