Bristol: Jimmie Johnson preview

* Johnson has 16 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, collecting three top-five and eight top-10 finishes. * The .533-mile oval is one of only six Sprint Cup Series tracks at which Johnson hasn't visited Victory Lane. The others...

* Johnson has 16 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, collecting three top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

* The .533-mile oval is one of only six Sprint Cup Series tracks at which Johnson hasn't visited Victory Lane. The others are Michigan, Infineon, Chicago, Watkins Glen, and Homestead.

* Johnson has completed 98% (7849 of 8013) of competition laps at Bristol and has led 238.

* He has an average start and finish of 16.6 and 15.9. Chassis

* Chassis No. 480 will be the primary for Sunday's event. Johnson last drove that machine to an eighth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway last August.

* Backup chassis No. 534 was last driven to a 13th-place result at Pocono Raceway last August.

ON RACING AT BRISTOL: "We're getting close (to taking a win there). It's taken a lot for me as a driver to change my habits and the way I drive that race track. I've had to completely switch over to a different driving style. It was easy for us to look at what worked for the No. 24 (Jeff Gordon) for so many years, but I just couldn't make that work. Our styles are so different that I couldn't make it work and (crew chief) Chad (Knaus) had to really focus in on some other areas and in time we've gotten much more competitive. I feel like in the fall race last year we had a really good shot at it, but unfortunately a lugnut got hung up in the wheel and we couldn't get the wheel to index back on the hub. If we didn't have that hang up, I think we could have done it. I'm excited to look at our two chances at it this year and hopefully we can get it done."

YOU'LL BE THE 4TH FASTEST TO GET TO 50 WINS WHEN YOU EVENTUALLY GET THERE. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS? "I cannot say it enough that I definitely never dreamed of being in this position. To be here and living this is pretty damn cool, and weird, and amazing. I'm very proud of what I've done as a driver and very proud of what we've done as a team and how we've worked together over the years. The success we've had isn't because of any one person. It's because of team work and people and lots of people and lots of hours and it's just an accumulation of things. To have so much go right for us in 300 starts; well not necessarily go right for us because I feel we've created a lot of where we're at today. So to have so many people working in the right direction and have their career paths peaking at the same point collectively as a group is pretty cool. And it doesn't happen often in sports. And that's why we've been fortunate to be in this position. I'm very proud of what we've done and I continue to say that I feel we have a lot more to prove and a lot more that we can still do as a race team. We are fairly young as a whole. I would say coming into the middle part of our careers and I think there is a lot of racing left in all of us."

-source: lowe's

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson