Loudon: Jimmie Johnson preview

New Hampshire International Speedway is the next stop for Team Lowe's Racing and driver Jimmie Johnson. In his 12 Cup Series starts at the 1.058-mile track, Johnson has collected two wins, three top-five and seven top 10 finishes. He...

New Hampshire International Speedway is the next stop for Team Lowe's Racing and driver Jimmie Johnson.

In his 12 Cup Series starts at the 1.058-mile track, Johnson has collected two wins, three top-five and seven top 10 finishes. He won both events there in 2003.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

SINCE WE RAN THE NEW RACE CAR IN LOUDON LAST YEAR, DO YOU EXPECT BETTER THINGS OUT OF THE CAR THIS YEAR?: "I think so. I think the track, with as flat as it is and with as little banking as it has, it's tough to really race side-by-side. When we look at coming back a second time, I think the car is going to put on a better race because we are smarter about what it can do there.

"We went to Milwaukee and tested and saw that a lot of other teams tested too, so I think people are going to be geared up and ready for the race."

CONSIDERING YOU'VE WON THE LAST TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS, HOW DIFFERENT IS IT FOR YOU NOW WITH WHERE YOU ARE IN THE POINT STANDINGS?: "I'm in a comfortable spot. So that's a good position to be in. But from the last two years, I just know how the season ramps up, especially when you get inside the final ten. It's its own even. As that final ten wears on, the guys who are running for the championship just focus on each other. Right now it's a little bit more relaxed. It's more about getting all the elements of the team put together and hopefully you're where you need to be for the final ten."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson