Atlanta II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Johnson Continues to Decorate Helmet of Hope Special Operations Warrior Foundation and The Taylor Brooks Foundation Latest Charities Chosen Atlanta Motor Speedway * Johnson has made 16 Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ...

Johnson Continues to Decorate Helmet of Hope

Special Operations Warrior Foundation and The Taylor Brooks Foundation Latest Charities Chosen

Atlanta Motor Speedway

* Johnson has made 16 Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, earning three wins, nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.

* The three-time champion has completed 99.6% (5111 of 5132) of competition laps at the track and has led 385. * Johnson has an average start and finish of 8.1 and 9.1.

Chassis

* Johnson will pilot brand new chassis number 558 in Sunday night's race.

* Johnson last drove backup chassis number 504 to a 13th-place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

HOW DO YOU THINK ATLANTA IS GOING TO CHANGE BEING UNDER THE LIGHTS? "Under the lights the track gains a lot of grip and picks up speed and changes the balance of what we're used to compared to a day race. We've had some races finish up in the twilight and even a night one if I remember right or something and it really changed the balance of our car and we had a hard time getting the car set up right. So I think the night race will throw a lot of challenges at the teams from a handling standpoint."

YOU'VE WON ATLANTA AND AT RICHMOND, DO THOSE PLACES KIND OF GIVE YOU A BUMP BEFORE THE CHASE KNOWING YOU RUN SO WELL THERE? "Truthfully Atlanta has been tough on us. We've been able to get some good finishes based on Chad's (Knaus) creativity. Last year in the Chase when he put tires on at the end and I was able to driver to second, but before that we were like a 10th, 11th place car all day. So it didn't hurt my feelings to see Atlanta taken out of the Chase then California Speedway put back in. Especially in the fall race we've won the last couple of times there. Hopefully that works with us for the Chase."

-credit: hm

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson