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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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Monster Energy has signed a deal to become the title sponsor of NASCAR’s premiere series, according to NBC’s Dustin Long.
Few details are available, including what the series will actually be called. It is likely that "Cup" will be dropped from the name, which will be a departure from a tradition that dates back to the first time the series had a title sponsor in the early 1971. Jimmie Johnson will be the final NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. Dec 1 - 7:45 PM

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Jimmie Johnson won the Ford EcoBoost 400 and with it the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship to tie him for the most all time with legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Johnson was by far the least powerful of the Chase contenders for all but the final laps of the 400 miler. He got the restart of a lifetime and managed to pass a dominant Kyle Larson with two laps remaining. Pressure from Joey Logano failed to rattle him and he surged when it mattered most. Johnson started the race shotgun on the field after being penalized by NASCAR for an unapproved adjustment after the car rolled through technical inspection.
Nov 20 - 7:09 PM

Title contender Jimmie Johnson was sent back into the tech line for a third time Sunday morning with concern that his A Post had been improperly altered.

NASCAR will make certain that he is in compliance before the race begins, but with only 23 minutes remaining this is at best a distraction and at worst could impact his competitiveness. He will be forced to give up his starting position and drop to the back of the pack.
Nov 20 - 2:48 PM

Jimmie Johnson ran over a piece of debris in the final practice session for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and damaged his front splitter.

The damage was not very great, but in NASCAR on 1.5-mile tracks the difference in speed is often razor thin. This certainly does not help Johnson’s bid for the Cup, but the team is strong enough to overcome.
Nov 19 - 1:32 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session with a 174.345 mph trip around the track.

He probably wishes he could have found that comparable speed on Friday because he qualified worst among the Chasers. They are all fairly well clumped, however, and Johnson’s speed makes him a good bet to finish high among the contenders.
Nov 19 - 11:12 AM

Jimmie Johnson posted a lap of 176.269 mph and qualified 14th for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

This was a moral victory of sorts. Johnson was so on his first lap and well outside the top 24. He almost waited too long to take the green for a second run in that session. Landon Cassill spun with 58 seconds remaining in that round and almost got painted into a corner. He managed to get one lap in the books and climbed to 22nd as the clock wound down and was forced to head into round two with heat in his engine and tires. He improved in round two, but not enough to advance to the final round.
Nov 18 - 7:02 PM

Jimmie Johnson has finished ninth in his last three starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Consistency is great, but to challenge for the championship Johnson is going to need to race for the win. He has two runner-up finishes on this track, but the most recent of these came in 2010 and he finished in the 30s in his next two attempts afterwards.
Nov 16 - 10:42 PM

Jimmie Johnson was penalized by NASCAR for pulling up to pit just before the halfway point of the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and he was never able to recover.

Johnson was leading the race when that penalty was incurred and was surprised that he got called. Earlier in the event, Martin Truex Jr. was also penalized for passing the pace car while on pit road so the precedent had been set. Mired in traffic, Johnson was also involved in an accident that sent him to the garage. He returned to the track to finish 38th—and it remains to be seen if that is going to rob him of momentum.
Nov 15 - 9:55 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted a lap of 139.168 mph, failed to advance to the final round qualification, and will roll off the grid 17th on Sunday.

Starting position has been fairly important for Johnson recently. He has four top-10s in his last seven Phoenix starts. In the three races when he failed to start among the top 10 he finished outside that mark twice.
Nov 11 - 7:33 PM

Before Kevin Harvick had his current string of wins and top-fives, Jimmie Johnson ruled Phoenix but he has only one top-10 in his last four tries.

From 2006 through 2011, Johnson scored 10 consecutive top-fives that included four wins. Last fall, he won the pole for this race and finished fifth so there is a reason to be hopeful that he will run well again this season.
Nov 10 - 5:24 PM

Jimmie Johnson finished 11th in the AAA Texas 500 after he pitted for tires during the final caution for rain.

Johnson was running sixth when the rains fell, but he gambled that NASCAR would dry the track and get back to racing. They didn’t and he lost five spots and critical points for fantasy owners, but he had nothing to lose since he is already locked into the Chase finale. That is one of the risks associated with a driver in his position.
Nov 7 - 12:05 AM

Jimmie Johnson qualified only 19th for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and still seems to be struggling to find speed since he was only 16th in Saturday morning’s session.

Johnson was 19th quickest in Friday’s practice session, so overall this does not look good on paper. Johnson is locked into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, however, so he is almost certainly using this weekend as an extended test session. He has three wins and a fourth in his last four Texas starts and must have an incredibly strong base setup.
Nov 5 - 12:00 PM

Jimmie Johnson entered this spring’s Duck Commander 500 with three consecutive Texas Motor Speedway victories a five in a span of seven races; he is coming off a win at Martinsville Speedway last week.

Those are not the only signs pointing to a victory this week. Johnson won the Bank of America 500 on the similarly-configured Charlotte Motor Speedway and finished fourth at Kansas Speedway to give him back-to-back top-fives on this track type. The only thing that will keep him from contending again is a mistake or mechanical failure.
Nov 4 - 11:57 AM

Jimmie Johnson led 92 laps of the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway en route to Victory Lane.

This is Johnson’s ninth career victory at Martinsville, but most importantly it punches his ticket to the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In two previous knockout-style Chase formats Johnson has never gone to the final race with a chance at winning his record-tying seventh championship. Johnson will be the most relaxed of the four drivers vying for the Cup. He also has a great opportunity to win next week at Texas Motor Speedway.
Oct 30 - 4:51 PM

Jimmie Johnson has earned nine career victories at Martinsville Speedway, but he has not scored a top-five there in his last four attempts.

Johnson entered the fall 2014 race with a four-race streak of Martinsville top-fives that included two wins and a second. He suffered crash damage in his next two starts after qualifying in the top 10. Johnson came partway back in fall 2015 with a 12th and he was ninth this spring, but to be a good value he is going to have to finish in the top five in this week’s Goody's Fast Relief 500.
Oct 25 - 8:28 PM