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CHARLOTTE RECAP: Jimmie Johnson ended his ‘13-race winless drought’ on Sunday when he passed a fellow competitor in the final 10 laps of the 600-mile race to take the checkered flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  He led a race-high 164 laps en route to his eighth career win at Charlotte and 67th career victory. Johnson’s victory on Sunday broke a tie with Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for the most victories at the 1.5-mile track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

SEASON-TO-DATE:After 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, Johnson owns the third-highest driver rating with a score of 106.1 and ranks sixth in the driver standings. His 691 laps led rank second to Kevin Harvick (772 laps led).

JOHNSON VS. THE MONSTER:In 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Dover, Johnson has eight wins, 12 top-five finishes and 17 top-10s. The driver of the No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS has an average finish of 8.7 and an average start of 10.2, including five pole positions. Overall, he has led 2,704  laps at the one-mile oval, completing 98.1 percent of all laps run.

DRIVER RATING:Johnson has the highest driver rating at Dover with a score of 121.1 in the past 18 races at the one-mile oval. 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.

UPCOMING HOMETOWN HONOR: Johnson will return to his hometown of El Cajon, California, on June 17, where the city council of El Cajon will recognize his racing accomplishments and philanthropic contributions. Mayor Bill Wells, the city council, Senator Joel Anderson and other local dignitaries will be honoring Johnson during a special ceremony that begins at 11:00 a.m. local time at El Cajon’s Centennial Plaza. Portions of the event will be broadcast live on 101.5 KGB. For more details, visithttp://www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us/.

CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-879 for this weekend’s 400-mile event. This is a brand new chassis that has never been raced before. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson most recently raced in March at Bristol Motor Speedway.

#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 DOVER: In 191 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover, Hendrick Motorsports has 15 wins, 51 top-five finishes and 84 top-10s. Most recently, Johnson led 243 laps to take the checkered flag at Dover in September 2013. The win gave Johnson his eighth career win at the one-mile oval, breaking a tie with Allison and Richard Petty for the most all-time wins at Dover. Jeff Gordon has contributed another four wins to Hendrick Motorsports’ total and ranks first among active drivers in top-five finishes (17) and top-10s (24) at Dover.

ALL-TIME RECORD HOLDER:With his victory last weekend at Charlotte, Johnson broke the record for all-time wins at the 1.5-mile track, surpassing Allison and Waltrip for the record. Johnson leads at three other tracks on the Cup circuit: Dover International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the two-mile oval in Fontana, California.

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.

QUOTES:

JIMMIE JOHNSON, DRIVER, NO. 48 KOBALT TOOLS CHEVROLET SS (ON DOVER.):“I absolutely love Dover. It’s one of my favorite tracks by far. We have run so well there in the past and it’s a great track for the No. 48 team. Coming off of a win in Charlotte, we will have some momentum. It was great to finally get the win behind us, lock ourselves in the Chase and move ahead in the points. I’m really proud of our team and look forward to running well this weekend in Dover. I feel like we are on track once we got that win behind us this season. The track at Dover resembles a kind of roller coaster ride and that kind of effect of going up and down the banking kind of fits my driving style well.”

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