Texas: Jimmie Johnson preview

RACE NOTES Texas Motor Speedway * Johnson has made 13 Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway, where he has earned one win, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. * Johnson has completed 95.3% (4148 of 4352) of competition laps at...

RACE NOTES
Texas Motor Speedway

* Johnson has made 13 Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway, where he has earned one win, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

* Johnson has completed 95.3% (4148 of 4352) of competition laps at the venue and has led 78.

* He has an average start and finish of 9.2 and 10.8.

* Johnson is scheduled to make his 299th-career start when he takes the green flag on Sunday, making next weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway his 300th. His first career start was Oct. 7, 2001 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chassis

* Chassis No. 580 will be the primary for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series event. Johnson took that chassis to Victory Lane at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in February.

* Johnson has piloted chassis No. 553 four times in the past. Three of those resulted in wins, most recently at California Speedway in February.

QUOTES

LOOKING TO NEXT WEEK AT TEXAS, HOW DOES THAT LOOK FOR YOU GUYS? "I'm excited to get back on the 1.5-mile (tracks). We've had good stuff at Texas and at the 1.5-mile tracks in general. But the big wild card out there is how is this spoiler going to work? I think that the lead car in qualifying we won't see a lot of difference. But there is still a lot to be learned with the car in traffic. Even though we had the Charlotte test, we really never put ourselves in a racing position and side-by-side and stuff like that. I feel good about things. I know we're going to have a good set-up, but it's a different world in the pack. We're going to need a few months to really evolve set-ups in the cars to handle what's going to go on in the pack."

TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SPOILER. HOW HAS IT MADE THE CAR DRIVE, AND IS IT GOING TO CHANGE YOUR IMPRESSIONS GOING INTO TEXAS? "From my standpoint, I feel that the cars drove very similar to the way that I have in the past. I didn't even think about wing or spoiler on the back of the car throughout the (Phoenix) race. It seemed the same. The final test will be in Texas. And even to Talladega. There's some things with this spoiler that should help the car stay on the ground and change the draft a bit at Talladega. So we have a nice progression in tracks to really evaluate what's going on. But so far I think it's going well and it's driving a lot like it did before."

-source: lowe's/hm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson