Looking for the latest news, photos, and video from Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus, and Team Lowe's Racing? Then put your car in park because you're in the right place. Check back often to see what's new!
Visit Team Lowe's Racing on Facebook and Twitter
“So close no matter how far. Couldn’t be much more from the heart. Forever trust in who we are and nothing else matters.” Metallica’s lyrics seem fitting this weekend for Jimmie Johnson as he heads to Dover (Del.) International Speedway for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
There are a lot of good things going on for the five-time champion at the track, including a special paint scheme touting the new animated movie “Monsters University,” a scheme he says his daughter Evie is looking forward to. He’s not too bad getting around the concrete mile oval, either. He is currently the winningest active driver at the track and has a shot at becoming the all-time winningest driver with a victory Sunday. But fun paint schemes and historic records pale in comparison to what Johnson will do Thursday when he is scheduled to visit tornado-ravaged Oklahoma to distribute relief supplies at the Lowe’s store in Moore.
Suddenly those lyrics take on a whole meaning because, when it comes to helping those in need, truly “nothing else matters.”
Here is what Johnson had to say about the race:
You have a special paint scheme this weekend that you will be running at Dover. What are your thoughts about it?
“We have the Monsters University movie, we’re promoting the movie, and it will be on our racecar this weekend at the Monster Mile. So excited to have a fun car. I know my daughter has enjoyed the rendering of the car and my helmet and all that goes with it. We had a lot of good luck last year with Madagascar on the car, and I hope that this one will bring us some more luck, as well.”
You are tied for all‑time wins at seven tracks on the Sprint Cup schedule. Are those records on your radar at all?
“They are now. When you said seven, I had no idea I had that opportunity or that honor taking place. That’s mind‑boggling to me. I knew of the Charlotte stuff and I knew about Dover and Martinsville, but I didn’t know about the others. I’m extremely proud of that. I’ve worked hard to put myself in this position and so does the team, and we’ve been able to capitalize on those opportunities and hard work and get stuff done, so I’m really excited about that.”
Do you feel as good about things right now as your points lead would indicate your team is that good?
“No, I mean, I feel good about things. We’ve got a huge points lead and we’ve had the wins and there have been tracks that we’ve been really hot at. But I feel like our mile‑and‑a‑half stuff we’ve been really a top-five car. Our short-track stuff and superspeedway stuff we’ve been a winning car. With the mile-and-a-half tracks occupying so much of the year, and especially the Chase, we have a little bit of room for improvement there. I do feel very good about our cars and don’t want to undermine that. But the points lead is huge, and I’d love to keep it that way and roll into Richmond or the races before Richmond with that kind of points lead so we can lock in.”