Bristol II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Two More Charities Picked to Adorn Samsung Helmet of Hope Cookies for Kids Cancer and Birthday Blessings newest additions Cookies for Kids' Cancer (Califon, N.J.) and Birthday Blessings (Charlotte, N.C.) will be two of 13 charities which will...

Two More Charities Picked to Adorn Samsung Helmet of Hope Cookies for Kids Cancer and Birthday Blessings newest additions Cookies for Kids' Cancer (Califon, N.J.) and Birthday Blessings (Charlotte, N.C.) will be two of 13 charities which will adorn the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Samsung Helmet of Hope at Auto Club Speedway in October. Each organization will also receive a $10,000 grant.

ESPN's Marty Smith nominated Cookies for Kids' Cancer, a group committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. Through the concept of local bake sales, Cookies for Kids' Cancer provides money, inspiration and support for families fighting pediatric cancer.

"Cookies for Kids' Cancer was founded by Gretchen Witt, a mother inspired by her young son Liam's cancer battle," offered Smith. "She did not accept his plight sitting down. Rather, she sought to change his world through sheer will, and as a result is changing the lives of children battling cancer every day."

Terri Springer of Matthews, N.C. nominated Birthday Blessings, an organization whose goal is to bring joy, recognition, and support to needy children and families during difficult and sad times in their lives. The three core programs raise spirits and boost confidence for homeless children ages tots to teens, and offer help and hope to homeless parents and their babies.

"Birthday Blessings is a fantastic nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless children," explained Springer. "Birthday Blessings is a new charity (whose demand) keeps growing due to the economy. Logan, my 10 year old, loves to go and help. He helps at some parties and watched as one boy blew out his candles. The boy didn't know how to do it because he had never had candles on his cake before. The organization not only provides smiles but gives the children a moment of normalcy in a time when it isn't normal."

Johnson will draw one winner from a list of media submissions and one from a list of fan submissions each race weekend through the Atlanta event in September. The two charities selected Friday join the Feeding America® Kids Cafe program, which was nominated by Samsung to kick-off this year's campaign program. The Kids Cafe program works to address the growing epidemic facing children's hunger.

To nominate a charity, fans and media may visit www.HelmetofHope.org.

Bristol Motor Speedway

* Johnson has made 17 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he has earned one win, four top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

* Johnson has completed 98.1% (8349 of 9513) of competition laps at the .533-mile oval and has led 322.

* He has an average start and finish of 15.9 and 15.0. Chassis

* Chassis No. 580 will be the primary for Saturday night's event. Johnson last piloted that car to a sixth-place finish at Michigan in June.

* Back up chassis No. 553 has collected three wins in four starts -- the most recent coming at Auto Club Speedway in February

YOU'RE HEADING BACK TO BRISTOL IN A FEW WEEKS, DO YOU HAVE A LITTLE MORE OPTIMISM THAN YOU'VE HAD IN YEARS PAST GIVEN WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SPRING? "We ran so well there in the spring, even last year, we had a great spring and fall race. That night race has always been one of my favorites. We look forward to being competitive and hopefully going back to victory lane there. It's a great race track; I've always loved watching races there. I'm glad to actually enjoy racing on that track now."

WHAT'S YOUR APPROACH ON POINTS NOW? "The bonus points, that's kind of the obvious one that all the drivers want and as a team, the momentum from a win would be very important and helpful. But from our standpoint, not just this year but others as well, we felt the consistency going into the Chase was really important. We've had some races in the last four or five weeks where we've been competitive and didn't finish well. We've had races where we weren't competitive and didn't finish well. I think we're looking more for a consistent run here leading into New Hampshire before we start the Chase. If we can get 10 points, obviously that's what we need and what we want. But I think the momentum and the confidence that comes with four or five strong races is really important."

-source: hm

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson