Michigan II: Jimmie Johnson preview

This weekend Lowe's Monte Carlo driver Jimmie Johnson and Team 48 travel to Michigan International Speedway for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race. Johnson leads the points race by 124 points over Matt Kenseth. Only four races remain before the 2006...

This weekend Lowe's Monte Carlo driver Jimmie Johnson and Team 48 travel to Michigan International Speedway for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race. Johnson leads the points race by 124 points over Matt Kenseth. Only four races remain before the 2006 "Chase For The Championship" begins.

DRIVER JIMMIE JOHNSON QUOTES:

IS WINNING NOW SECONDARY AND STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE PRIMARY? "No, I don't see how I could tell myself to not try to win or to get maximum points for winning. I don't see how I would change my strategy. The strategy that I've used all year long has gotten me to this point and been able to give me the point lead. And also, it's helped us rebound from days when we've lost some points. So I just think we need to keep doing what we've been doing and go out and give 100 percent every weekend and see where we end up."

GOALS: "The biggest goal I've set for this season is the championship. And then there are tracks that have given me a hard time. You never know when you're going to win -- when that day is going to come along and everything is going to work out right for you. There are tracks that come up on the schedule that I get excited for and feel that my chances are stronger at, but my own challenges are goals I give myself. One of them was a restrictor plate win and we got two; and then a road course win. I still feel like I've got a lot to learn on a road course. That's my next big goal is to get road course racing under control and be a threat for the win there. And then we always have the challenge of trying to be the champion."

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CHANGING THE POINTS SYSTEM AND PAYING MORE FOR A WIN? "I think NASCAR has done a good job of making the point system exciting and entertaining. The only think I would ask is that they not be under the assumption if they make more points to win that it's going to change the racing. We race as hard as we can. We do everything we can to win races. Nobody is out there riding around. I just don't want anybody to think that it would make us drive harder and make the racing better. It's not going to do that."

-credit: hm

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson