Pocono II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Pocono Raceway * Johnson has made 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono Raceway, posting two wins, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. * The three-time champion has completed 99.7% (2876 of 2885) of competition laps at the 2.5-mile tri-oval...

Pocono Raceway

* Johnson has made 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono Raceway, posting two wins, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.

* The three-time champion has completed 99.7% (2876 of 2885) of competition laps at the 2.5-mile tri-oval and has led 399.

* Johnson has an average start and finish of 7.1 and 9.6.

Chassis

* Johnson will pilot chassis No. 534 in Sunday's race. He last drove it to a seventh-place finish at Pocono Raceway in June.

* The backup chassis, No. 504, was last driven to a 13th-place result at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

BASED ON WHERE YOU ARE IN POINTS CAN YOU APPROACH THIS RACE DIFFERENTLY AND JUST COMPLETELY FORGET ABOUT THE CHASE AND DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO WIN? "I don't think so. The way I'm looking at things now, we need to ramp up for the Chase and treat these races leading into the Chase like they are Chase races. Maybe my approach is wrong. I know some other guys probably think it's more important to get wins but there's a rhythm you need in the Chase and I think we're close to it but we're not on it yet. We need to get there before the Chase starts. That's my goal. Chad (Knaus) may make the riskier call or something on pit road but I need to stop making mistakes. I've made more pit road violations this year than any other year and been caught up in some wrecks and caused some wrecks. I just need to tighten up my game as well and really get in that rhythm that I need to be in for the final 10."

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MOMENTUM. "Momentum does matter and you can feel it but you can't control it. There's positive momentum that's rolling your way and there's negative momentum that's pulling you down. It's one of the few things that you can't change but you can feel and sense with my experience at least. I think that consistency and running especially the way the No.14 (Tony Stewart) and the No.2 (Kurt Busch) has been real strong and the No. 24 (Jeff Gordon) has been delivering, you're going to have to I think the year that Jeff (Gordon) and I battled for the Chase the average finish was 5.0 and you're going to have to be better than that. You're going to have to do podium a lot in the Chase and that's the rhythm I'm looking for and that's what we need to get back."

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson