Team 48 Dover Preview Lowe's Chevrolet Impala SS driver Jimmie Johnson and the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series travel to Dover International Speedway this weekend for Sunday's 400-mile race marking the sixth race of the "Car...
Team 48 Dover Preview
Lowe's Chevrolet Impala SS driver Jimmie Johnson and the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series travel to Dover International Speedway this weekend for Sunday's 400-mile race marking the sixth race of the "Car of Tomorrow."
Johnson owns three victories at the "Monster Mile" including a sweep of both races in 2002 -- his rookie season. The 2006 Nextel Cup Champion finished tenth in Sunday's 600-mile race at Lowe's Motor Speedway and is second in the 2007 points race trailing Jeff Gordon by 132 points. Johnson's four victories are the most of any driver in 2007.
DRIVER JIMMIE JOHNSON QUOTES:
DOVER: "The track at Dover isn't as sensitive to the heat pounding on it because of the concrete surface. The rubber takes to the track in a different manner than it takes to pavement tracks. The biggest difference is the surface and the way the track is laid down. When you think about concrete, it is laid in squares so you have multiple seams and it feels like driving on a washboard road at times because you are going over those seams where they poured the slab. It really jars the car and it is a rough ride all the way around the track. It is extremely hard on tires because of the steep banking and the speeds we carry. You have to have the setup under the car as perfect as you can get it to be able to manage your tires effectively throughout the race. If you get a long green flag run, you can't be abusive to your car or your tires.
DO YOU LIKE DOVER? "I think Dover is so unique. There isn't another track on the circuit that is remotely close to what you have at Dover. So, when you find the right setup with the race car and the driver has the right rhythm for it...it really just applies to (only Dover) so you can fine tune and hone in on it. A lot of people go to Kentucky and these other tracks, but you can't take anything from there and apply it to Dover."
ROLE AS THE DEFENDING CHAMPION: "Winning the championship has brought a lot of confidence to me and I feel established in the sport. (I feel) maybe more respected. There certainly has been a change as far as the workload. And I also feel it's my responsibility and I think I've matured as a figure in the sport and feel like I'm doing a little bit better job in general this year with the off-track things. It's been a good year for me and certainly a growing year and it's been fun all at the same time."
* Johnson will drive chassis 433 this weekend while chassis 419 will serve as the backup. Neither chassis has raced.
Dover International Speedway
* In ten starts, Johnson has completed 3,824 of 4,004 laps. He owns an average starting spot of 12.7 and average finish of 11.4. He has five three victories and seven top ten finishes. He has led 956 laps at LMS.