Richmond II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Richmond International Raceway * Johnson has made 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, earning three wins, four top-five and four top-10 finishes. * The three-time champion has won three of the last five events at ...

Richmond International Raceway

* Johnson has made 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, earning three wins, four top-five and four top-10 finishes.

* The three-time champion has won three of the last five events at the .75-mile oval.

* Johnson has completed 92.2% (5536 of 6003) of competition laps at the track and has led 369.

* He has an average start and finish of 12.1 and 18.7.

Chassis

* Johnson will pilot chassis number 461 in Saturday night's race. He last drove that car to a runner-up finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last fall.

* Johnson last piloted backup chassis number 520 to a 36th-place result at Richmond in May.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

WHEN YOU SAY KEEP IT SIMPLE (IN REGARDS TO THE CHASE), THAT'S ONE THING. IN SOME WAYS YOUR LAST THREE CHAMPIONSHIPS HAVE MADE KEEPING IT SIMPLE OBSOLETE. YET IT SEEMS LIKE YOUR TEAM HAS PERFECTED A WORKING AND WINNING FORMULA. "Yeah, there are some contradicting thoughts that go along with all that. I'm a big believer in keeping it simple and I've said that over the last couple of Chases. I do disagree that every race in the Chase is the same. You might want to tell yourself that it it's the same and that it's no big deal. But I tell myself that. I climb in the car. And I know it's a Chase race no matter how often I tell myself its no big deal, it's no big deal. You know what's on the line.

"I think that what we've been able to do really good over the last three Chases is to understand and deal with and kind of manage the emotions that are going with each race and do the best job we can. So in that sense, keeping it simple to where you don't have to think about the walk-off home run. You've got to do your job. You give 100 percent; no more, no less. If you can rule out all the other tricks you're trying to play with people or tricks with the set up or funny strategy or whatever it may be and just go out and run your race and do your job and everybody leave that race weekend and know they gave 100 percent, you're going to have good results. That's really what we have done. We try to put blinders on and run our race and do our thing and don't leave anything at the track."

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson