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Jimmie Johnson

Team: Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon-48
Age / DOB:  (41) / 9/7/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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Jimmie Johnson finished 21st in the Auto Club 400 and fell to 17th in the points standings.
This was the latest in a long line of disappointing finishes for the defending Cup champion. He has only one top-10 in five starts and an average of 18.8. So far, this team has not shown much power in the early or late stages of a race and his 18 segment points is 11th-best. Mar 26 - 10:41 PM

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Jimmie Johnson posted the second quickest 10-lap average behind rookie Erik Jones in Saturday morning’s practice session with a lap of 182.874 mph.

Johnson is going to need that long run speed in order to move up through the field. He spun and damaged his car in practice one, was forced into a backup, and did not clear inspection in time to post a qualification lap. He starts 37th, but should be able to contend for at least a top-10.
Mar 25 - 1:16 PM

After rolling out a backup due to a practice one crash, Jimmie Johnson was unable to post a qualification lap and will start in the back of the pack.

Johnson won last year’s Auto Club 400 and should be fine in race trim. Like Joey Logano who joins him in the back, he will earn a lot of place-differential points.
Mar 24 - 7:37 PM

Jimmie Johnson spun late in the first practice session for the Auto Club 400. He appeared to damage the nose and splitter significantly and will go to a backup. Johnson spun off of turn four during his mock qualification run.

Since the accident happened before qualification, Johnson should be able to keep his starting position. Qualification will be held later on Friday. Johnson has six previous wins on this track, including last March’s Auto Club 400. "A lot of loose," Johnson told reporters from the garage. We "crossed the line there, for sure." He had the 17th-fastest lap at the time.
Mar 24 - 2:41 PM

Jimmie Johnson finished ninth in the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, which was his first top-10 of the season.

Most importantly, this finish lifted Johnson into the top 16 in points. That little psychological advantage will show up on the track in the coming weeks. Auto Club Speedway is one of his better venues and he should be a favorite to finish in the top five now.
Mar 19 - 8:13 PM

Jimmie Johnson has gotten off to a slow start in 2017 and if his recent Phoenix International Raceway record is an indication, he might have to wait another week to score his first top-10.

Johnson sustained crash damage in fall 2014 and 2016. He earned a fifth in the 2015 fall race, but his last two spring events ended in 11th-place finishes. One of these was also marred by crash damage, so that puts a premium on his ability to stay out of trouble.
Mar 17 - 2:04 PM

Jimmie Johnson has four previous victories at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the most recent of these coming in the 2010 Shelby American.

Last year, Johnson finished third in the Kobalt 400 and there is no empirical reason to think he will struggle this week. However, last week’s speeding penalties at Atlanta Motor Speedway and a poor showing in the Daytona 500 leave fantasy owners a little nervous about his odds.
Mar 8 - 10:30 PM

Jimmie Johnson was one of the notable drivers who failed to advance to the third and final round of qualification for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Johnson’s lap of 186.309 mph puts him 18th on the grid. That is almost dead center in the 39-car field. He has plenty of time and skill to make it to the lead pack, but his pit stall assignment is not going to be stellar. Johnson started 37th and 19th in his latest two Atlanta attempts; he won both races.
Mar 3 - 6:35 PM

Jimmie Johnson was clipped by David Ragan while they were racing for a top-five position and his No. 48 got pinched into Ryan Blaney.

Johnson wrecked twice in the Advance Auto Parts Clash. The team tightened him up some, but Johnson complained of getting squirrely when drivers tried to side-draft him in his qualification race. Johnson has not had a lot of recent success on plate tracks and it does not appear this weekend will improve his record. Johnson ultimately finished 13th, but he was challenging for sixth on the final lap.
Feb 24 - 12:01 AM

Jimmie Johnson has shown quite a bit of strength in the past four years at Daytona International Speedway with two wins and five top-fives, but his other three efforts tell a much different story.

Johnson has suffered through two accidents that sent him home 35th or worse. His other result was a 16th. Prior to sweeping Victory Lane in 2013, however, he had a best result of 20th in the three previous years and sustained crash damage five times in six races. He also broke a rear axle in that span.
Feb 18 - 11:38 AM

Jimmie Johnson has one win in The Clash at Daytona. The lone victory in the non-points event came at the start of the 2005 season when the race format was reserved for pole position winners who qualified from the previous season.

As a rookie, Johnson came on the scene in the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet with a vengeance, taking the pole position in his first attempt at "The Great American Race" with a qualifying lap of 185.831 mph. His second Daytona 500 pole came in 2008. Johnson also has earned three second-place starts for the race, which came in 2005, 2010 and 2015.-Hendrick Motorsports
Feb 16 - 4:19 PM

Jimmie Johnson has an average finish of 7.2 in the last six races at Texas Motor Speedway, which is the second-best mark on that track among fulltime active drivers with more than two starts.

Johnson’s average is only half the story. He won three consecutive races in 2014/2015 and finished fourth last spring. Last fall, he finished 11th and that means that he has been much stronger than his 7.2 suggests.
Feb 12 - 3:11 PM

NASCAR has implemented a new, and much stricter, damaged vehicle policy for all three of major series that could result in fewer cars returning to the track.

Teams will have only five minutes to repair a car on pit road. They will not be allowed to go behind the wall or to the garage to effect repairs. That means pit road rules remain in force and will limit the number of crew members who can work on the damaged machine. Moreover, teams will not be allowed to replace damaged body parts, but will be allowed to fix ones on the car. This will certainly result in more DNFs and slightly lower fantasy points for some racers. Accidents continue to be unpredictable, however.
Feb 8 - 12:21 PM

With a 9.83, Jimmie Johnson has the second-best average finish at Bristol Motor Speedway during the past three years.

Johnson finished only 23rd and seventh in Bristol’s two events last year, but he entered spring with a three-race streak of top-fives. Only he and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have a better than 10th-place three-year average finish on this track and that showcases how treacherous the half-mile bullring has become.
Feb 7 - 12:33 PM

If NASCAR had awarded segment points in 2016 at the one-quarter and halfway marks, Jimmie Johnson would have earned the fifth-most of 287.

Johnson would also have won seven segments with the latest of these being when he led at the halfway point of Dover’s fall race. NASCAR did not award points and that would have changed team strategies, but this is one way to determine who was consistently among the leaders.
Feb 6 - 1:49 PM