Dover: Jimmie Johnson preview

Originally-From: Tara Gudger <tgudger@gmrlive.com> Jimmie Johnson and Team Lowe's Racing will look for their second win of the season when they visit Dover International Speedway for Sunday's Sprint Cup event. In 12 starts at The...

Originally-From: Tara Gudger <tgudger@gmrlive.com>

Jimmie Johnson and Team Lowe's Racing will look for their second win of the season when they visit Dover International Speedway for Sunday's Sprint Cup event.

In 12 starts at The Monster Mile, Johnson has collected three wins and seven top-10 finishes. He has also started from the pole twice, including the fall event last season.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RACING AT DOVER THIS WEEKEND?: "I'm excited. We've really been learning a lot and we've gone through the last couple weeks and made some great improvements to the front of our race car. The front was working so well and turning so strongly we couldn't keep the back of our car in the track and the car had been pretty loose. When we started the (Coca-Cola) 600 we made some great adjustments and really feel like we tickled the right areas to get the car balanced grip overall. It may not have been the fastest thing throughout the course of the night, but much more competitive than we've been. I think we finally have a baseline with this car for the big tracks and from there we can fine tune.

"Dover's a different track. You do have the high speeds but it's more of a short track. And a unique-shaped track, the way you fly into the corner and then turn around and jump back out is much different. So hopefully everything carries over. But it's a track I really enjoying running at -- it's one of my favorites. And the fact that this tire and this car is allowing us to move around, I think we'll have good racing from top to bottom at Dover, which is kind of unusual. But I think this car will provide that there."

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME YOU GUYS ARE TESTING AT POCONO. HOW'S THIS GOING TO AFFECT YOU GUYS IN OTHER RACES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER?: "It's really kind of odd that we're testing here and I think a large part of it is because of a vote that NASCAR let the crew chiefs be a part of - what tracks they wanted to test at. Since no one has been up here in so long to test, we don't have current data files for this track. And it's such a unique race track, I think it was top of the line for all the crew chiefs to come up, get some time on the track and get some new data files.

"When we leave here there are some things that cross over to Indy. But outside of that, it's such a unique track, the corners and banking and how rough it is, there's really no where else like this that we run. So it's more of a decision made by a majority of the crew chiefs in the garage to get data on this track."

RACE NOTES:

Chassis

* Team Lowe's Racing will use chassis No. 465 as its primary in Sunday's Dover International Speedway event. In its three starts, Johnson has driven the chassis to two runner-up finishes. Chassis No. 480 will be used as a backup.

Dover

* Johnson has started 12 Cup races at Dover International Speedway, collecting three wins, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The Sprint Cup champion has completed 96.2% of competition laps (4621of 4804) at the one-mile oval and has an average start and finish of 12.9 and 11.9.

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson