Texas II: Jimmie Johnson preview

This weekend Lowe's Monte Carlo driver Jimmie Johnson and Team 48 travel to Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race. This race marks the eighth of ten 2006 "Chase for the Championship" races. Johnson is second in the points race,...

This weekend Lowe's Monte Carlo driver Jimmie Johnson and Team 48 travel to Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race. This race marks the eighth of ten 2006 "Chase for the Championship" races. Johnson is second in the points race, 26 behind leader Matt Kenseth. Johnson owns two second-place finishes and a victory in the last three races. Johnson has left Atlanta second in points in all three years of the "Chase."

DRIVER JIMMIE JOHNSON QUOTES:

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: "It's been a decent track for us. We've been learning some things on the 1.5-miles lately and have been a lot more competitive. So, I'm excited going there. Hopefully we can get up there and race for the win. But of the three tracks remaining, I guess I'm not really sure on Phoenix and Texas. But I feel really strong about Homestead. Coming into Martinsville and Atlanta, I felt like we were going to be competitive for the win. Going into Phoenix and Texas, I feel like we'll be competitive for a top five."

2006 CHASE: "I feel great about it. But I'm sure every team feels that way though. I'm sure Junior feels he's got a great shot. He's close, mathematically. Matt (Kenseth) is coming up to some good tracks. I think that everybody is in a good spot. I don't think anybody is really worried about not performing. It's just going to come down to luck and maybe who can outscore one another on the track."

2006 SEASON: "We typically are slow in August for whatever reason and this year we were able to win the Brickyard. I felt like we were more competitive in that month or two in the summer than in other years. I don't know why. Maybe it's just tracks that don't fit me, or the team. As we get into the final 10 races, these area all good tracks for me. That would have more to do with it than anything. We as a team, don't pick certain parts of the season to try to perform better. Obviously, if we can hold onto anything we want to save it for the final 10. But making the final 10 is a challenge all its own. I think it's more about the tracks and our style than anything."

Race Notes - Texas Motor Speedway

Johnson has completed all 2,004 laps in his six starts at Texas. He has an average starting position of 11.7 and an average finish of 7.0 - second best among the "Chase" drivers. Johnson has led two laps in one of his six Texas races.

Chase Notes

Johnson is one of three drivers to participate in all three "Chase" battles. He finished second in the 2004 "Chase" and fifth last year. This will be Johnson's fifth consecutive season finishing in the top ten in points.

Johnson owns seven "Chase" victories, the most of any driver, and led 882 laps but suffered five finishes outside the top 30 in his 27 career "Chase" races.

Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to lead in five of the seven "Chase" races. Johnson has led 455 laps and earned 35 lap-leader bonus points -- the most of any "Chase" drivers.

-credit: hm

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson