Talladega II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Jimmie Johnson took the lead in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by edging Carl Edwards for his 38th-career win at Kansas Speedway last weekend. Looking to Talladega Superspeedway for Race 4 of the Chase, Johnson knows that despite the 10...

Jimmie Johnson took the lead in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by edging Carl Edwards for his 38th-career win at Kansas Speedway last weekend.

Looking to Talladega Superspeedway for Race 4 of the Chase, Johnson knows that despite the 10 point margin he has over second-place Edwards, anything can happen at the 2.66-mile tri-oval.

In 13 Cup Series starts there, the back-to-back champion has accrued one win, four top-five and five top-10 finishes along with two pole positions, April and Oct. 2002.

JOHNSON QUOTES:

WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY FOR TALLEDEGA? DO YOU TRY TO LEAD EVERY LAP OR HANG BACK AND STAY SAFE FOR THE END? I don't know. I really don't know what to do. The last couple of Talladegas have been pretty calm. Everybody has been relatively respectful to what's going on. The Spring race is always exciting. But last Fall was pretty mellow. So I just don't know. It's one of those things where you just kind of judge the situation at the time and just take it from there. It's really tough to map out strategy."

DO YOU JUST HAPPEN TO GET STRONGER RIGHT NOW, OR HAS THE CHASE CHANGED THE SEASON-LONG STRATEGY? "I wish we could say we were holding out and waiting for this part of the season, but we've been so far behind that we've just been playing catch up and things have come together at the right times. For us, it's really about just working all season long and getting stuff together at the right time."

Chassis

* The primary chassis for Sunday's event is No. 474, which Johnson started first in during the Gatorade 150 and the Daytona 500 in February. He finished 23rd and 27th in those events, respectively.

* Johnson qualified 19th and finished second at Talladega last October in the backup chassis, No. 457.

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards