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Jimmie Johnson |

Team: Rick Hendrick/Jeff Gordon-48
Age / DOB:  (39) / 9/7/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175

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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. Nov 17 - 12:37 PM

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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.
Nov 15 - 3:49 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.
Nov 14 - 10:25 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.
Nov 6 - 9:26 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.
Nov 2 - 7:23 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.
Nov 1 - 2:58 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.
Oct 29 - 1:25 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.
Oct 25 - 9:53 AM

Jimmie Johnson is the top-ranked driver for the Goody's 500 Martinsville Speedway. He enters the weekend with two victories, a fifth, and a second in his last four races there.

What a difference a week makes. Johnson was knocked out of playoff contention with poor finishes at Kansas, Charlotte, and Talladega. If he wins this week, it will in his new unaccustomed role as Chase spoiler.
Oct 22 - 4:14 PM

Jimmie Johnson faces an uphill battle this week at Talladega. Sitting 26 points outside of the elimination bubble, he basically needs to win in order to advance to the next round of the playoffs and has not scored a victory on this track since spring 2011.

Worse still, he has only one top-10 in the past six races, which means he has not come particularly close in recent events. Look for this team to race aggressively, but do not put them on a fantasy roster until their future status is clearer.
Oct 17 - 11:52 AM

Despite his poor finish—or rather in part because of it—Jimmie Johnson should be considered one of the favorites this week at Charlotte. He scored his seventh career victory there in the spring Coke 600 and has three top-fives in his last four attempts.

This statement has been made on a few occasions, but it has never been truer: If the No. 48 team has been holding anything back, now is the time they will show precisely how strong they can be, which could be dangerous for the competition.
Oct 6 - 3:47 PM

Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed in separate incidents at Kansas Speedway in the Hollywood Casino 400 and now face steep uphill battles to advance to the Eliminator round of the Chase. Johnson finished 40th; Earnhardt was 39th.

Johnson is 27 points outside of the elimination bubble; Earnhardt is 25 points in arrears. They are joined at the bottom of the grid by Brad Keselowski who is 22 points behind eighth-place in the standings. Johnson would not only need to make up 13.5 points per race, but leapfrog four serious contenders; Earnhardt’s path is only slightly easier, which means that effectively they need for three to four drivers to have trouble in the next two races while they stay error free or they need to win at either Charlotte or Talladega. Both of those scenarios are challenging and will serve to improve their efforts.
Oct 6 - 2:55 PM

Jimmie Johnson enters the Hollywood Casino 400 with a current 11-race streak of top-10 finishes at Kansas and should be considered one of the favorites to battle for a top-five.

Jonson provides the perfect balance of strength and consistency. He is a low risk/high reward driver that should be on nearly every roster with an average of 4.8 in his last 11 Kansas attempts.
Oct 3 - 10:20 AM

Jimmie Johnson came up two positions shy of earning his third consecutive Dover victory, but he earned his sixth top-five in the past seven races on this track when he crossed under the checkers third in the AAA 400.

Many experts believed that Johnson needed to contend for a victory in order to re-establish himself as a legitimate contender for the Sprint Cup championship. He failed to lead a lap in the AAA 400, but finished strong enough to keep the question alive for another week.
Sep 28 - 9:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson is the top-ranked driver entering the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway this week. His status is based on nine victories there, including the most recent two races.

Johnson has not shown the same level of dominance this season as he has in the past, but he is still one of the marquee fantasy picks. Even with struggles on other courses, Johnson should be able to dominate and contend for a top-three finish in this week’s AAA 400.
Sep 24 - 1:10 PM