Phoenix: Jimmie Johnson preview

* Johnson has made 11 Cup Series starts at Phoenix International Raceway, earning three wins, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. * He has won the last three races at the one-mile track, including last November where he won from the pole. *...

* Johnson has made 11 Cup Series starts at Phoenix International Raceway, earning three wins, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

* He has won the last three races at the one-mile track, including last November where he won from the pole.

* Johnson has collected 1650 points at Phoenix over the last 10 races, more than any other driver. Jeff Gordon is second with 1405.

* The Team Lowe's Racing driver has completed 100% (3436 of 3436) of competition laps and has led 505.

* He has an average start and finish of 11.4 and 5.5.

Chassis

* Johnson will pilot chassis No. 540 in Sunday's race. It is a brand new chassis.

* The backup chassis, No. 461, has visited Victory Lane twice, at Martinsville and Phoenix in 2007. It was last driven to a runner-up finish at Loudon in 2008.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

ON GOING FOR FOUR IN A ROW. "I don't really go into a race thinking about stats. It is pretty cool that we've had some good runs lately at Phoenix. The last win gave us some good momentum going into Homestead. Don't get me wrong, a win is always a big deal and never easy and winning four in a row somewhere like Phoenix would certainly be special but it's not something that I'm really thinking about a lot."

WHAT IS IT ABOUT PHOENIX? "There's not really anything I can put my finger on. I know that's a popular question, wanting to know why a driver does well at a certain track. I think something just clicks with certain drivers at certain places. We've just been able to get the car comfortable for me and I've just been able to get around the track. During a race there's a lot that can go on at a short track like Phoenix and having a good pit stall and good pit stops is important too."

ON THE JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION 150: "I really give the track a lot of credit for this partnership idea. It's a great way that we can raise awareness and funds for our foundation. At the same time, Chani and I are thrilled to be making a contribution to a very important local charity. We hope the children who benefit from the services of West Valley Child Crisis Center will have a chance to join us for a night of fun and racing at the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150."

-credit: hm

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson