Darlington: Jimmie Johnson preview

BILL FRANCE SR. FEATURED ON LOWE'S CHEVROLET A special decal commemorating the induction of Bill France Sr. into NASCAR's inaugural Hall of Fame class will be featured on the decklid of Johnson's No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet for this weekend's Sprint...

BILL FRANCE SR. FEATURED ON LOWE'S CHEVROLET

A special decal commemorating the induction of Bill France Sr. into NASCAR's inaugural Hall of Fame class will be featured on the decklid of Johnson's No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet for this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway. The decals being run are part of a collaborative program to recognize the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Class will be inducted in a ceremony on May 23 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.

Chassis * Johnson will pilot brand new chassis No. 602 in Saturday night's event.

* Backup chassis No. 553 has been driven four times, three of which resulted in victories (Indy 7/09, California 10/09, California 2/10).

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

WHAT MAKES DARLINGTON SUCH A TOUGH TRACK? "How narrow it is. I love Darlington. Since they repaved it, you have a lot more grip than you did in the past. We're running 190 mph around a track that was designed to run 130 mph. And the fact that it's so narrow makes it really, really tough, but at the same time a lot of fun when you have it right. It's one of the coolest race tracks we run on."

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND TO WIN AT DARLINGTON? "In the past, it's been a good handling race car. It's still I important, but I think track position is really important. A good qualifying effort and good pit stops and anything that you can have that keeps you towards the front is going to make a big difference."

WITH MOTHER'S DAY COMING UP, WHAT KIND OF THINGS DID YOUR MOM DO TO HELP YOU OUT AS A KID GROWING UP? "Both my parents worked, so my mom was working hard to create the income to take us racing. She gave up her weekends and even some week nights when we'd go to the local tracks. She volunteered in the snack bars and would help out in the race tracks as well. She cleaned dirt bikes and cleaned your goggles and your helmet. She made sandwiches. She was all into helping us out. Thankfully she was cool with the whole racing thing. The fact that I'm going to be a parent soon, I don't know if I could send my five year-old off on a motorcycle and let them race. So we'll see how that goes."

-source: gmrm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson