Texas: Jimmie Johnson preview

Texas Motor Speedway * Johnson has made 11 starts at Texas Motor Speedway in his Sprint Cup Series career, notching one win, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes. * The Team Lowe's Racing driver has completed 98% (3609 of 3684)...

Texas Motor Speedway

* Johnson has made 11 starts at Texas Motor Speedway in his Sprint Cup Series career, notching one win, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

* The Team Lowe's Racing driver has completed 98% (3609 of 3684) of competition laps and has led 77.

* He has an average start and finish of 8.9 and 9.1.

Chassis

* Johnson will pilot brand new chassis No. 534 in Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway.

* The backup chassis, No. 465, was last driven to a 17th-place finish at Michigan International Raceway in Aug. 2008.

NEWS & NOTES

Jimmie Johnson's Chevrolet Impala SS will showcase a Tough Tools for Cool Schools paint scheme in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series event.

Lowe's and Kobalt Tools in partnership with SkillsUSA are proud to help the next generation of skilled trade professionals by donating approximately $300,000 worth of Kobalt tools to more than 500 SkillsUSA Building and Construction Trades Classes and Labs across the country for use in their classrooms.

Johnson assisted Lowe's, Kobalt Tools and SkillsUSA in delivering the first set of tools to Hampton, Ga.'s Lovejoy High School during race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway as part of the Tough Tools for Cool Schools Program.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

On going to Texas this weekend. "I'm pretty confident in our mile and half program. We had some good speed in our cars at California and Las Vegas earlier this year. I know our finishes don't really show it but I'm looking forward to getting back to an intermediate track to see if we can't put it all together. I know our cars are better than what our finishes have shown."

NOW THAT WE'RE FIVE RACES INTO THE SEASON, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE TESTING BAN? "I think if you're running well it's not a problem. And when you're off base is when you really wish that you could test. We've had fast cars and at this point we've been fine without the testing. I did a tire test at Lowe's Motor Speedway and it was nice to get back in that environment and work on some stuff. But for the short term, I think NASCAR has done a great job. I think that as much as I hate to admit it, I think that there are aspects of this that do save money and help the teams. I still think it would be nice to give the teams a chance to make their stuff better and you could have something based on where you are in points to allow everybody a chance to test and improve, but at the same time, help the guys that are off-base. That's my biggest concern. When you're off base, it's going to take you so long to catch up if you can't test. And that's something I probably look at."

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson