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WATKINS GLEN RECAP: After qualifying third and leading six laps around the 2.45-mile road course in New York, Jimmie Johnson was involved in an on-track accident in the closing laps, causing damage to the left rear of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy SS. Johnson had to pit and give up his top-10 running position for damage repairs. The team finished 28th and fell to seventh in the points.
SEASON-TO-DATE: After 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, Johnson owns the sixth-highest driver rating with a score of 99.7. The driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS has led the most laps with 1,014.
JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION PAINT SCHEME: This weekend in Michigan marks the ninth straight year Lowe’s has partnered with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation to run the JJF paint scheme. Decorated with the foundation logo, Johnson has won three times in this car, all at Fontana, California, in Sept. 2, 2007, Aug. 31, 2008, and Oct. 11, 2009.
LOOKING FOR A SWEEP: Just like his teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. did at Pocono, Johnson is looking to sweep both events at Michigan. In June, Johnson recorded a long-awaited first victory at the two-mile track, leading 39 laps and checking Michigan off of the short list of tracks he had yet to win on in the Sprint Cup Series. The winless tracks that remain are Chicago, Homestead, Kentucky and Watkins Glen.
JOHNSON AT MICHIGAN: In 25 starts at Michigan, Johnson has recorded one win, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He has an average start of 8.8 and average finish of 16.2. Johnson has led 625 laps at the track in the Irish Hills of Michigan.
DRIVER RATING AT MICHIGAN: Johnson has the third-highest driver rating at Michigan with an average of 102.9 in the last 19 races. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-891 for this weekend’s event. This chassis is the same Chevy SS Johnson finished 14th with at Indianapolis last month. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-799, which last saw on-track action at Kansas in May.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB RENOVATION: Members of the No. 48 Lowe’s team will visit the Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee in Adrian, Michigan, on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 3:30 p.m. ET. In conjunction with Lowe’s, the team will assist the kids in renovating the entrance to the club.
#TEAMJJF WELLNESS CHALLENGE: The third event in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge series will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Waxhaw, North Carolina. For more information or to sign up for the Lake Norman Excursion, visit http://jjfwellnesschallenge.racesonline.com/. Johnson and his wife Chandra launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006 with the mission of assisting children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. Since its inception, the foundation has committed more than $6.7 million to various charities. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, visit www.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AT MICHIGAN: In 198 starts at Michigan, Hendrick Motorsports drivers have led 2,273 laps en route to seven wins, 46 top-five finishes and 85 top-10s at the two-mile oval. Johnson most recently visited Victory Lane at Michigan in June, when all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers finished in the top 10.
30TH ANNIVERSARY: In 2014, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 30th anniversary in NASCAR. The organization began in 1984 with five employees and 5,000 square feet of work space. It has grown to approximately 600 employees with a 430,000-square-foot facility that sits on 140 acres. Driver Geoff Bodine won the Martinsville Speedway spring race on April 29, 1984, marking Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, DRIVER OF THE NO. 48 LOWE’S/JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION CHEVROLET SS (ON THE PAINT SCHEME): “Being able to drive the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy SS this weekend is something I am really proud of. I’m thankful for the great partnership with Lowe’s – they allow us to run the paint scheme every year. It would be very special to get a win in this car – to bring awareness of the foundation and the things we try to accomplish for kids and education.”
JOHNSON (ON MICHIGAN): “We have had some really bad luck these past few weeks. I’m looking forward to getting back on track this weekend. The team needs a good run and I really like the track in Michigan – it’s in Chevrolet’s back yard – and it would be nice to get a sweep.”