Bristol II: Jimmie Johnson preview

This weekend Lowe's Monte Carlo driver Jimmie Johnson and Team 48 travel to Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race. Johnson leads the point's race by 58 points over Matt Kenseth. Only three races remain before the 2006 "Chase...

This weekend Lowe's Monte Carlo driver Jimmie Johnson and Team 48 travel to Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race. Johnson leads the point's race by 58 points over Matt Kenseth. Only three races remain before the 2006 "Chase For The Championship.

DRIVER JIMMIE JOHNSON QUOTES:

ON GOING TO BRISTOL: "I'm ready for it. I'm ready to have it behind me. That race is a great a time. I love going there and I love watching races. I even enjoy being in the race but you never know what is going to happen. It's a lot like a plate race. I look forward to being in the helicopter leaving that race hopefully with a lot of points and heading back to Charlotte."

HAS IT HELPED YOU THAT YOU'VE HAD A BUBBLE MENTALITY, THINKING THAT NOBODY HAS REALLY BEEN SAFE IN THE CHASE? "I don't think you can put your guard down at anytime. Granted we're in a safe situation in the points but I'm really looking at who's been earning the most points over the last 10 races, who that is and what they've been doing. We've been right there with those guys. I keep saying it, I think this year's Chase is going to be extremely exciting, extremely competitive and really interesting for the fans."

IS THERE PRESSURE AS THE LEADER? "I don't think pressure falls into that. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I do think it's the point leader's role to try to keep the 400-piont gap there. We put a lot of other pressure on ourselves worrying about other things. That's just kind of a bonus where it needs to take place. Whoever the points leader has been, it's been their objective to try and keep it a 10-man race. I can remember from the first Chase that we had through last year, that was a pretty good talking point that everybody wanted to keep it a 10-car race instead of possibly more."

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson