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BRISTOL REWIND: After starting sixth and dealing with two pit-road speeding penalties, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s team rallied to a fourth-place finish and the seventh top-five effort of the season.
SEASON-TO-DATE: After 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, Johnson owns the fifth-highest driver rating with a score of 99.8. The driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS has led the most laps in the series to date with 1,035.
JOHNSON AT ATLANTA: In 22 starts at Atlanta, Johnson has recorded three wins, 11 top-five finishes and 13 top-10s. He has an average start of 8.6 and an average finish of 11.9. Johnson has led 440 laps around the 1.54-mile track.
DRIVER RATING AT ATLANTA: Johnson has the second-highest driver rating at Atlanta with an average score of 104.8 in the last 15 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. 48-797 for this weekend’s event in Atlanta. This chassis is the same Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevy SS with which Johnson finished ninth at Michigan two weeks ago. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-799, which last saw on-track action at Kansas Speedway, finishing ninth in May.
#TEAMJJF WELLNESS CHALLENGE: The final event in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge series will take place on Sunday, Sept. 7, in Davidson, 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.
TEAM UP FOR TECHNOLOGY: The Jimmie Johnson Foundation has teamed with Samsung and Lowe's again this year to provide one lucky K-12 public or charter school in the U.S. with a $48,000 technology makeover. Schools can be nominated online or via Twitter. Details can be found atwww.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org. Ten schools will be selected as semifinalists and will be asked to submit a video application. The grand prize winner will be selected from the video applications. The deadline to nominate a school is 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 5.
HENDRICK AT ATLANTA: Hendrick Motorsports has 11 wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which ranks the organization second all-time. Jeff Gordon most recently won for Hendrick Motorsports at the 1.54-mile oval in 2011, and his teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Johnson have also reached Victory Lane at Atlanta within the last 10 years (17 events).
JIMMIE JOHNSON, DRIVER OF THE NO. 48 LOWE’S/KOBALT TOOLS CHEVROLET SS (ON ATLANTA): “We had a great handle on Atlanta about five or six years ago but since then the track has evolved and changed so much. You are on edge the entire lap on the track. Not only is the asphalt old but there are some bumps you have to deal with. When you ride a few inches from the fence you really have to have a good handle on your car. It’s for sure an exciting race.”