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