Atlanta: Jimmie Johnson preview

For the first time this season, Lowe's Chevrolet driver Jimmie Johnson will pilot the No. 48 Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet Impala SS in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson is the defending winner of this race, and also...

For the first time this season, Lowe's Chevrolet driver Jimmie Johnson will pilot the No. 48 Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet Impala SS in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson is the defending winner of this race, and also went to Victory Lane at Atlanta during the Chase for the Championship last October.

JIMMIE JOHNSON QUOTES:

On last Sunday's finish: "It was definitely a disappointment, but no one is down about it. It just makes us that much more determined. We have a lot of talented mechanics and engineers back at the shop that won't stop until they figure out what was going on with the car. Sometimes you can learn a lot more from overcoming setbacks than you do from your successes. We'll get it figured out. One thing this team doesn't do is give up."

On the race: "This is a big weekend for Lowe's and Kobalt Tools, and for our team. We're looking to bounce back from last weekend, we've got a chance to make it three (wins) in a row at Atlanta and we're running a Kobalt paint scheme, so we've got a lot of motivation to do well."

On qualifying: "It's a unique situation at Atlanta. I don't know of any other track where we qualify at night and then run the entire race during the day. Chad (Knaus) and the engineers have to make their best guess on what the track's going to do. We've qualified well there, so I'm confident we can do the same this weekend."

Race Notes: Chassis

* Team Lowe's Racing will use chassis No. 48480 in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This weekend's event will mark the first race for this chassis. The team will use chassis No. 48465 as a backup. That chassis finished second at California Speedway two weeks ago.

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson