Jimmie Johnson posted a lap that was good enough for only 15th on the Toyota / Save Mart 350 field at Sonoma Raceway. This is the fourth consecutive year that he will start 13th or worse.
Jimmie Johnson lands eighth on the chart in terms of average finishes for 2016. In the first 15 races this year, he has a result of 12.6.
Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan. His best consecutive laps occurred during his first 10 on the circuit and he averaged a speed of 195.394.
Jimmie Johnson failed to make the final round of 12 qualifiers at Michigan International Speedway for the Firekeepers Casino 400. His top speed of 197.498 mph was good enough for only 16th.
"I kind of felt like he was playing with us," Jimmie Johnson said of Martin Truex Jr. in post-race coverage after finishing the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in third. Johnson did not sound terribly upset, however, because this stopped a three-race skid of finishes outside the top 15 on the track.
Jimmie Johnson posted the second-quickest lap in Saturday morning’s practice session with a speed of 186.076 set during his first 10 laps on the circuit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jimmie Johnson posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the GoBowling.com 400 At Kansas Speedway. His speed of 183.286 mph was set from his second through 11th laps on the track.
The engine on Jimmie Johnson’s car apparently started running backwards about 15 minutes into the second practice session for the GoBowling.com 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.
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.
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.