Loudon II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Johnson Continues to Decorate Helmet of Hope with Addition of Two Charities Hendrick Marrow Program and St. Baldrick's Foundation Newest Picks Hendrick Marrow Program (Charlotte, N.C.) and St. Baldrick's Foundation (Pasadena, Calif.) are the ...

Johnson Continues to Decorate Helmet of Hope with Addition of Two Charities
Hendrick Marrow Program and St. Baldrick's Foundation Newest Picks

Hendrick Marrow Program (Charlotte, N.C.) and St. Baldrick's Foundation (Pasadena, Calif.) are the newest charities to be featured on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Helmet of Hope, the race helmet Johnson will wear during the Sprint Cup Series event at Auto Club Speedway in October.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

* Johnson has made 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, earning two wins, four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.

* Johnson has completed 98.5% (4305 of 4372) of competition laps at the track and has led 274.

* He has an average start and finish of 8.5 and 9.9.

Chassis

* Johnson will pilot chassis number 540 in Sunday's race. He last drove that car to a ninth-place finish in the rain-shortened spring event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

* Backup chassis number 520 has been in Victory Lane four of the last five events in which it has been driven, most recently at Martinsville Speedway in March.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

YOU USUALLY GET ON A ROLL THIS TIME OF YEAR. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE MOMENTUM OF YOUR TEAM HEADING INTO THE CHASE? "I feel good about it. We've been able to perform at tracks that weren't necessarily our best. We've been running as we had hoped at tracks that were good for us. I really think some of the best tracks over the course of the year at the start and the end of the season, so with the Chase just showing up, I know we've got really good tracks ahead of us. And that helps to get on the roll that we've been able to do the last few years and we'll just see what happens. We've shown we've had a lot of speed in the cars and if we can just minimize mistakes we'll be in great shape."

YOU'VE BEEN AMONG THE MORE SUCCESSFUL GUYS IN GAINING POSITIONS WITHIN A FEW LAPS AFTER THE DOUBLE-FILE RESTARTS. HOW HAVE YOU TAILORED WHAT YOU DO ON THESE RESTARTS AND HOW SIGNIFICANT COULD IT BE IN THE CHASE? "It's definitely going to play a role in the Chase. I think that your chances really lie in the lane that you're in. If you're in the preferred lane at that particular track, you'd be really aggressive and you get all that you can. If you're not in the right lane, you've just got to minimize your losses and be careful. I feel that at 1.5-mile tracks, there's a lot more at risk on the inside lane. Guys can control the way your car drives and handles on the outside of you. They can side-draft you and really affect you. At Atlanta, even thinking back to some of the other 1.5-mile and 2-mile tracks that we have, when you're on the inside, you've just got to be smart and hopefully things get single-file pretty quick and you don't lose too many spots.

"I think my good statistics in that area are because I've been fortunate and been in the right lane more than the wrong lane and I hope that continues going into the Chase because you can't control when you're in the wrong lane. You're in trouble. And I think guys are even paying attention to where they're leaving pit road now and trying to count out cars and doing everything they can to find themselves in the best lane."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson