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SONOMA RECAP: Jimmie Johnson pulled out another top-10 finish for the season with a seventh-place result at Sonoma Raceway last weekend. After qualifying 22nd, Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus used strategy and speed to move into the top 10, where he raced the majority of the event. With the result, Johnson remains second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings, behind leader and teammate Jeff Gordon.
SEASON-TO-DATE:After 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, Johnson owns the highest driver rating with a score of 110.1. The driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS has led the most laps thus far in 2014 with 1,008, which accounts for 20.9 percent of all laps led this season.
MEETING THE PRESIDENT: Team owner Rick Hendrick, Johnson, Knaus and members of the No. 48 team will be recognized by President Barack Obama for their sixth championship with a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 25, at the White House in Washington D.C.
AT KENTUCKY:In three starts at Kentucky, Johnson has posted one pole position, one top-five finish, three top-10s and led for 203 laps. He has an average start of 3.0 and an average finish of 6.0 at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.
DAYTONA TICKET PACKAGE:Jimmie Johnson, reigning champion of the 400-mile race at Daytona, has partnered up with Daytona International Speedway to provide fans with “The 48 Family Experience;” the ultimate race fan package for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the 2.5-mile speedway on Saturday, July 5. To secure tickets call 1-800-PITSHOP or go towww.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
DRIVER RATING AT KENTUCKY:Johnson owns the highest driver rating at Kentucky with a score of 125.9 in the three Cup races held there. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, and 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.
FOUR REMAIN:Kentucky Speedway is one of the four remaining tracks where Johnson has yet to reach Victory Lane. The others are: Chicagoland Speedway, Watkins Glen International and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: Last week, Johnson and his wife Chandra announced that they raised over $650,000 at the eighth annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation is dedicated to assisting children, families and communities in need. For more information, go to www.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.
CHASSIS CHOICE:Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-799, which Johnson drove at Kansas Speedway and the Fontana oval earlier this season. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which was most recently raced at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.
#TEAMJJF WELLNESS CHALLENGE: The next event in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge is the Lake Norman Excursion on July 12. For more information or to sign up, visithttp://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, visitwww.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AT KENTUCKY: In 12 starts at Kentucky, Hendrick Motorsports has posted four top-five finishes, eight top-10s and led for 213 laps. The organization also is the sole Cup team to have won the pole position at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning in 2013 and Johnson in 2012. Kentucky Speedway, which began hosting NASCAR’s premier series in 2011, is the only active track where Hendrick Motorsports has not produced a win in the Sprint Cup Series.
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 more than 500 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, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS (ON KENTUCKY.):“It would be great to go to Kentucky and win, to cross another track off our list. We have run really well there – led a lot of laps –but just haven’t been able to score a win. Last weekend, we had a really great run going. I’m really proud of this team and I’m just looking forward to the upcoming tracks before the off-weekend – Kentucky, Daytona and New Hampshire.”