Kansas: Jimmie Johnson preview

Kansas Speedway * Johnson has made seven Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, earning one win, two top-five and five top-10 finishes. * Johnson has completed 98.4% (1783 of 1812) of competition laps at the track and has led 251. * He...

Kansas Speedway

* Johnson has made seven Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, earning one win, two top-five and five top-10 finishes.

* Johnson has completed 98.4% (1783 of 1812) of competition laps at the track and has led 251.

* He has an average start and finish of 4.9 and 10.4.

Chassis

* Johnson will pilot chassis number 558 in Sunday's race. He started third at Atlanta Motor Speedway in that car in September, but finished 36th after suffering a broken axle.

* Johnson drove backup chassis number 534 to a 13th-place result at Pocono Raceway in August.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

ON RACING AT KANSAS NEXT WEEK: "It's always been a good track for us. We got the win there last year. The track is kind of like Chicago. They are real similar. I think Texas comes in there a little bit the way you run the top and make things work. It's nice to see the track; the asphalt actually, as old as it is, and allowing there to be multiple grooves to race with. I think Carl (Edwards) and I showed that last year that you can run all around the race track and put on a good show and I think we'll put on a good show when we go back."

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF CARL EDWARDS TRYING TO BOUNCE THE CAR OFF THE WALL TRYING TO PASS YOU (AT KANSAS LAST YEAR)? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING AT THE TIME AND WHAT DID YOU THINK AFTER YOU SAW THE REPLAY? "I know he caught some criticism, but I thought it was pretty awesome. It caught my attention when he went flying by and I could still hear him in the throttle. I thought, where in the hell is he going? His plan was to rim-ride it around, obviously. I thought it was a great move. Some people thought it was risky. But there was enough room for us to cross paths and not get together and that kind of thing. I kind of liked the move myself."

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT IN ANY FORM OF RACING? ANYTHING THAT CRAZY? "No, not since I've raced on tracks with walls. Some of the dirt track stuff you could go in there and clean someone out and handle things differently but not since I've been on a track with walls. I've never thought, if I hit this wall hard enough and stay in the gas it will redirect me and maybe get me to the finish line first. I've never been faced with that decision. I think we all started thinking about it a little more after Carl tried it."

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson