Darlington: Jimmie Johnson preview

Jimmie Johnson and Team Lowe's Racing have formed an impressive record at Darlington Raceway, often called the Track Too Tough to Tame. In nine starts at the 1.366-mile oval, Johnson has scored two victories (March 2004, Nov. 2004), five top...

Jimmie Johnson and Team Lowe's Racing have formed an impressive record at Darlington Raceway, often called the Track Too Tough to Tame.

In nine starts at the 1.366-mile oval, Johnson has scored two victories (March 2004, Nov. 2004), five top five and eight top-10 finishes. He has also completed 99.9% of total competition laps (3082 out of 3084).

In addition, the 1401 points that Johnson has accumulated over the last nine Darlington races is more than any other driver. Second is Ryan Newman with 1271.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

YOU HAVE AN IMPRESSIVE RESUME AT DARLINGTON. TALK ABOUT THE TRACK AND THIS WEEKEND'S RACE: "It's a great track. I'm eager to get on the track to see the repave job and what that's going to be like. I have to admit I'm going to miss the old track -- it was just such a challenge. And over time I'm sure it will evolve back to what it was. It's nice that the shape is still the same.

"I'm really looking forward to Thursday's test sessions that they have now just to get familiar with the track. Jeff went there and tested so I feel like we're going there smarter as a company than maybe some of the other guys. So I'm looking forward to it."

WITH MOTHER'S DAY SUNDAY, TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR MOM AND THE INFLUENCE SHE'S HAD: "My mom's been a big part of my racing career especially when I was a kid. She's been to so many races over the years that she doesn't come that often anymore. Had enough days in the traffic and stands and all that stuff. My mom's been the glue in our family holding everything together and has really taught my brothers and myself how to be compassionate and caring people. She's a special lady and I certainly appreciate everything she's done.

"I'm excited about this mother's day. My wife's mother is going to be in town and my mom will take them to brunch and have some fun so I'm excited for that."

Team Lowe's Racing will use chassis No. 433 as its primary in Saturday's Darlington Raceway event. In its four starts, Johnson has driven the chassis to two top-15 finishes. Chassis No. 465 will be used as a backup.

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson