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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.