Daytona II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Daytona International Speedway * Johnson has made 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona International Speedway. * He has collected one win, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes at the restrictor-plate track. * The three-time Champion has...

Daytona International Speedway

* Johnson has made 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona International Speedway.

* He has collected one win, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes at the restrictor-plate track.

* The three-time Champion has completed 98.8% (2561 of 2591) of competition laps there and has led 59.

* Johnson has an average start and finish of 9.9 and 15.

Chassis

* Brand new chassis No. 547 will be the primary car for Saturday night's Sprint Cup event.

* Johnson last drove backup chassis No. 482 at the Daytona 500 in February.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR SEASON AT THIS POINT? ARE YOU PLEASED WITH WHERE YOU ARE AND FEEL LIKE YOU COULD BE IN BETTER SHAPE WITH CERTAIN THINGS THAT HAPPEN? "Yeah, I'm real happy with the speed in the cars. Unlike other years, we've made more mistakes as a team. Again, like last week I got nailed for speeding on pit road. I've made plenty of mistakes like that this year. I've crashed a couple of cars that I shouldn't have. Pit stops are really in our rhythm now but we've had a couple of hiccups along the way. So in general, I'm really happy with where we're at. I think we've missed a few opportunities to win races. At Michigan we were leading the race and ran out of gas; at Pocono we were in really good position there; I look at Phoenix where Mark (Martin) won earlier in the year and we had some issues we overcame there and we were the fastest car but didn't pull it off. We lost that race because of mistakes we made. So I think we can be better than where we're at, but I'm very happy to see the progress. We've been cleaning up things over the course of the year and I think we're going to be just right when the Chase starts."

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson