Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson preview

Lowe's Chevrolet driver Jimmie Johnson heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway looking to add a fourth consecutive Sprint Cup Series win to his resume at the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition to winning the last three Sprint Cup Series events at the...

Lowe's Chevrolet driver Jimmie Johnson heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway looking to add a fourth consecutive Sprint Cup Series win to his resume at the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition to winning the last three Sprint Cup Series events at the track, Johnson has never finished outside the top-20 in a Cup race at Vegas.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

ON GOING FOR HIS FOURTH WIN IN A ROW AT VEGAS: "It would be great to get that fourth win, but we won't approach this weekend any differently than we would at a track where we've never won. We go into every weekend hoping to win, but so does every other team out there.

"I have every confidence in the equipment and the crew to get the job done, but anyone who's ever been to Vegas will tell you you've got to have some luck on your side, too. If you've ever watched a poker tournament on TV, you know even the most experienced players can get beat. We won't take anything for granted."

ON THE VEGAS TRACK: "The track seems the same in a lot of ways. The cars drive differently. The feel of it, looking for it, it's tough to get that same feeling back to the car we ran here last year. We have a different tire. There (are) some other variables in there that are challenging us right now.

"But at the end of the day, it still drives and acts like it did last year. That's been one thing that's been surprising to all of us. We've all had issues with the Car of Tomorrow, thinking it's going to be less of a car to drive.

"The competition and the show we put on for the fans I think we all we all felt would be there. But if you're driving the car, if you go from one or the other, it's much less vehicle. It's got less downforce and all these things that make it harder to drive.

"But we still end up with the same race. Martinsville was still an awesome race. Dover was the same. Talladega was awesome. You get back to that same thing. It's still a race car on that track, and we're still seeing that same stuff here."

ON WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE VEGAS RACE: "At the Vegas test, you could really attack with the car. It seemed like the track was getting a middle lane, if not an outside lane. So as we get into that weekend and all that activity on track, I hope that the track really widens out. I think it's going to be a better show for us to put on because we can really be aggressive with the cars. At California Speedway, there's not a lot of banking to tiptoe around, but at Vegas you can really charge."

Race Notes

Chassis

* Team Lowe's Racing will race chassis 48419 in Sunday's 400-mile race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The team tested with this car at Gateway International Raceway last year, but this weekend's event will mark the first race for this chassis.

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson