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Jimmie Johnson

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

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NASCAR announced earlier this week they would invert between nine and 11 cars before the final 13 laps of the Sprint All-star race. These cars would be required to take four tires while no one else could pit and Jimmie Johnson purposefully dropped to 12th in order to restart up front. The move backfired as 11 cars behind him had fresh rubber. Eleven of them passed him and the No. 48 finished 12th.
The fantasy NASCAR analysis at Rotoworld often talks of situational awareness, and it would seem Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus lacked it. If 20 cars remained on the lead lap and eight were between them and the cars with fresh rubber, this strategy would have been golden. May 22 - 12:26 AM

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Jimmie Johnson started 21st and finished 25th in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway, but that does not even begin to describe his afternoon. He meticulously made his way to the lead and led the field to green with 47 laps remaining, but his Chevrolet would not get in gear on the late-race restarts and 17 cars piled into him.

Without this problem, Johnson would likely have contended for the 11th Dover victory of his career and his fourth win in the past six races there. Instead, he has now experienced trouble in his latest two attempts.
May 20 - 10:41 AM

Scoring a top-five in one’s first Dover International Speedway start is no small feat, but Chase Elliott has some history on his side. Two Hendrick Motorsports drivers have fared extremely well in their first starts with Kyle Busch finishing second in both 2005 races and Jimmie Johnson winning both of his rookie events.

Elliott is destined to join the ranks of superstars anchored by these drivers. Top-fives are difficult to achieve, but look for Elliott to at least challenge for a top-10. He starts 13th in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
May 14 - 10:38 AM

Kasey Kahne failed to advance out of the first round of qualification, Chase Elliott will start 13th barely outside the top 12, and neither of the more experienced drivers were part of the pole run either. Jimmie Johnson posted a lap of 188.719 mph to start 15th while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 22nd-fastest with a 187.013 mph lap.

This organization has been a little hit or miss where qualification is concerned and they have not been entirely predictable in race trim. All of them should be good values, however, since they will have positive place-differential points.
May 6 - 7:35 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the 400 At Kansas Speedway. His speed of 183.286 mph was set from his second through 11th laps on the track.

Johnson has a scare in the final practice session when a malfunctioning ECU caused his engine to spin backwards. The team does not expect to replace the engine, however, and Johnson should still be considered one of this week’s favorites.
May 6 - 3:22 PM

The engine on Jimmie Johnson’s car apparently started running backwards about 15 minutes into the second practice session for the 400 at Kansas Speedway. He attempted to shut the engine down, but the team has not yet reported if this created a catastrophic issue. The ECU seems to have malfunctioned.

Johnson has experienced several strange occurrences such as his steering wheel coming off in his hands at Phoenix. If Johnson replaces his engine, he will be forced to roll off from the back of the grid regardless of where he qualifies.
May 6 - 1:52 PM

Chase Elliott won the pole for Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and will have a lot of help when the green flag waves. Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified third with a speed of 192.293 mph directly behind Elliott. Jimmie Johnson qualified fifth (192.116) to start immediately behind Junior. Kasey Kahne also advanced to the final round and lines up 11th—also on the inside row.

Look for these three drivers to draft closely in the opening laps to try and get some separation from the competition. If an early "Big One" erupts, that could be the difference between winning and losing this week.
Apr 30 - 2:16 PM

Jimmie Johnson ignored a tire vibration last week at Bristol Motor Speedway and lost a lap to the leaders. He finished 23rd in that short track race, but he got back on target with a third this week in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Johnson had the best 10-lap average on Saturday, which suggested he had a long run car. In the final 35-lap run, he maintained his position of third, but could not catch the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch.
Apr 24 - 4:58 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the fastest single speed in final practice for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond with a top speed of 120.849 mph.

More importantly, Johnson seemed very happy with how his car is handling. A confident No. 48 driver with a fast car is hard to beat. Johnson rolls off the grid third, which means he is going to have a great pit and superior rack position to start.
Apr 23 - 11:59 AM

A vibration from a loose wheel cost Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps of the Food City 500 at Bristol. After logging 160 laps inside the top 10, he fell off the lead lap and finished 23rd.

One problem with having wins in the bank is that it creates situations in which teams gamble too frequently. Fantasy owners cannot quite trust drivers like Johnson or Kyle Busch who are locked into the playoffs for that reason.
Apr 17 - 8:46 PM

Jimmie Johnson had to fight hard to finish fourth in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He briefly lost a lap when a caution waved during a green flag pit stop, he avoided a late-race wreck with Austin Dillon, and charged into the top five.

Johnson was gunning for his fourth straight victory, but even with this near miss he has eight top-six finishes in his last nine Texas races. Consistency is almost as important as raw strength for fantasy players.
Apr 10 - 1:35 AM

Jimmie Johnson is widely considered one of the favorites at Martinsville Speedway, but his struggles on this track continued into a fourth consecutive race. By the personal standard of a driver with eight victories, finishing ninth in the STP 500 was a disappointment for race fans.

Johnson has not earned a top-five on this course since spring 2014. For most fantasy owners, it is time to wait for the No. 48 team to regain their dominance and concentrate on rising stars like the Joe Gibbs Racers.
Apr 3 - 6:38 PM

Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest 10-lap average in final practice for the STP 500 with a speed of 94.866 mph from his third to 12th circuits.

Johnson was also fifth-quickest in the morning session. He qualified poorly, but that could be a blessing in disguise because he will advance and earn positive place-differential points.
Apr 2 - 2:53 PM

Jimmie Johnson advanced from round one of STP 500 qualification in Martinsville Speedway, but by the narrowest of margins. He posted the 24th-fastest time of 96.117, which was 0.007 seconds faster than Carl Edwards.

The entire Hendrick Motorsports organization has struggled in qualification this season. For the STP 500, all four of their drivers advanced to the second round, however, and this is a track that has been friendly in race trim. .
Apr 1 - 4:42 PM

With Superman livery on his Lowe’s No. 48, Jimmie Johnson passed Kevin Harvick on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Auto Club 400.

According to the television commentators, this is the eighth time in Johnson’s last 11 races that Harvick has finished second to Johnson. That is a statistic worth remembering. This also the 22nd time during his career Johnson has finished on the lead lap on this track—which marks his entire career. With his 77th win, Johnson passed Dale Earnhardt Sr. for sole possession of seventh on the all-time winners list and this is his sixth win on this track.
Mar 20 - 6:57 PM