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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 entered New Hampshire Motor Speedway eighth in the points and he exited eighth in the standings—courtesy of an eighth-place finish in the Bad Boy Off Road 300.
That is not the kind of dominance we once associated with Johnson and the No. 48 team, but they took an important step nonetheless by having an error-free race. Johnson could be a great sleeper at Dover International Speedway next week. That is one of his best tracks in his career and Hendrick Motorsports is finally showing consistent strength. Sep 25 - 7:54 PM

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Jimmie Johnson thinks he knows what happened last week when he was caught speeding late in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. He nailed the accelerator about two feet too soon at the end of pit road.

Johnson spent the first several minutes of the second practice session for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway testing his pit road speed. Mistakes have plagued this team all season, so it is difficult to predict they will stay out of trouble even with this extra effort.
Sep 24 - 9:28 AM

Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. both failed the LIS (Laser Inspection Station) platform following their Chicagoland Speedway finishes. Truex won the race; Johnson finished 12th.

According to NBC’s Dustin Long both failed at the lowest level, which means Truex will not be stripped of the bonus associated with his victory and will automatically advance to round two of the Chase. Both will likely incur a 10-point penalty, however, which will drop Johnson from eighth to a three-way tie for 12th in the standings along with Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick.
Sep 19 - 3:25 PM

Jimmie Johnson was well on his way to a top-five finish in the first Chase race of 2016, but a speeding penalty in the Chicagoland Speedway pits with about 30 laps remaining mired him in traffic and dropped him to 12th at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 checkers.

Johnson finished 11th in this race last year and was sixth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to start that Chase. He should have advanced easily at Dover International Speedway, but a minor mechanical failure derailed his effort. In 2014, three bad races in round two kept him from advancing as well. Johnson can ill-afford to make any more mistakes in this knockout-style playoff.
Sep 19 - 12:15 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest 10-lap average Friday afternoon among 10 drivers who went that far. His top speed of 180.909 mph was set during his first 10 laps on track.

Johnson also had the fastest single lap and this combination often points to a driver prepared to run in the top five or 10 most of the afternoon. Johnson’s 2016 record still makes him a questionable fantasy value, however.
Sep 17 - 10:43 AM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. His fastest lap was 183.780 mph, which was 0.077 second faster than Carl Edwards.

Johnson has finished only 11th and 12th in his last two starts on this track and he has struggled in recent races this season. Johnson has a fresh start with the Chase kickoff, but it is too soon to project he will win on Sunday.
Sep 16 - 7:46 PM

Jimmie Johnson finished 11th in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway and failed to crack the top 10 for the 13th time in his most recent 18 races—which is a rolling half season.

Johnson has less impetus entering the 2016 Chase than possible anytime since its inception. Momentum can turn on a dime, however, and Johnson could still be a good value in the next 10 races.
Sep 11 - 1:48 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single lap in the first practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 with a top speed of 176.025 mph.

Johnson finally earned back-to-back top-10s in his last two races for the first time since spring, so this could signal a sustainable turnaround. If Johnson finishes top-10 this week, he could become a place-and-hold driver once more.
Sep 3 - 12:31 PM

For the first time since Texas Motor Speedway this spring, Jimmie Johnson earned back-to-back top-10s. He finished seventh last week at Bristol Motor Speedway and was sixth in the Pure Michigan 400.

In his most recent streak before this weekend, Johnson won an event on the two-mile Auto Club Speedway and had three consecutive top-10s culminating in the fourth-place result at Texas. Darlington Raceway’s Southern 500 will be the real test of whether this team has reversed their fortune.
Aug 28 - 6:59 PM

With a speed of 201.523 mph, Jimmie Johnson qualified on the front row for only the second time this season. His other front row start was a pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and he finished 12th.

Equally important, all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers advanced to the final round. This is important as an indicator of how well the organization is running this week. This is only the second time this season that HMS put all four in the final round.
Aug 26 - 6:20 PM

Martin Truex Jr. was one of two drivers who posted a speed greater than 201 mph in Friday’s practice session for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Truex’s top speed of 201.545 mph was 0.073 seconds faster than Jimmie Johnson with a time of 201.134.

Truex was expected to run well based on the overall domination of Joe Gibbs Racing this season. Speed has not been his problem—nor for that matter has it been for Johnson. The two drivers need good luck to stay out of trouble for 400 miles.
Aug 26 - 1:35 PM

For most of the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, it appeared Jimmie Johnson would have another disappointing showing. With considerable late-race attrition, he was able to move up to seventh at the end to earn his fourth top-10 in the past 15 races.

While some other driver would be happy with that result, fantasy owners expect much, much more from Johnson. He has not backed up one top-10 with another since this spring’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, so he should be evaluated only next week at Michigan International Speedway.
Aug 21 - 9:34 PM

Jimmie Johnson failed to advance to the final round of qualification for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. His lap of 129.021 mph was good enough for 16th on the grid.

This is the fourth straight race for which Johnson has failed to advance to the final round. His results have been mixed with a third at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 16th at Pocono Raceway and an accident last week at Watkins Glen International
Aug 19 - 6:36 PM

Jimmie Johnson has taken a tumble down the Fantasy Power Rankings order since the series last visited Bristol Motor Speedway this spring, but he should be able to reverse the trend. Overall, he has been very strong on short tracks with seven results of 12th or better in his last eight starts.

If one goes back a little further, however, Johnson has three 30-something finishes in five short track races that preceded that string. The No. 48 will be a good value only in games where he is rightly-priced and fits the final niche on one’s roster.
Aug 18 - 5:13 PM

With five consecutive Chase for the Championship Sprint Cup titles to his credit from 2006 through 2010 and another in 2013, no one knows the importance of peaking at the right time than Jimmie Johnson. He has struggled greatly in the past two seasons, however, since NASCAR went to its current knockout-style format.

Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus has been the best overall at learning what they need in the regular season to apply to this playoff style system, but in 2014 and 2015 they lost momentum and was never able to regain it. In his last 15 races, Johnson has recorded an average finish of nearly 20th and that is simply not earning many fantasy points.
Aug 14 - 6:17 PM