Atlanta: Jimmie Johnson preview

Jimmie Goes Shopping with Local Students in Atlanta as part of Lowe's Toolbox for Education Program Lowe's and Kobalt Tools in partnership with SkillsUSA are helping the next generation of trade professionals develop their skills through their...

Jimmie Goes Shopping with Local Students in Atlanta as part of Lowe's Toolbox for Education Program

Lowe's and Kobalt Tools in partnership with SkillsUSA are helping the next generation of trade professionals develop their skills through their Toolbox for Education program. Lowe's is donating over $1,000 worth of Kobalt tools to qualifying schools as part of the national program, which will total over $450,000 to 400 SkillsUSA automotive service technology programs across the nation for use in their classrooms.

This year's program will kick off with Jimmie Johnson helping a group of SkillsUSA students from Jonesboro High School shop for the donated tools at an Atlanta-area Lowe's store on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

RACE NOTES

Atlanta Motor Speedway

* Johnson has 17 Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, collecting three wins, nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.

* Johnson has completed 99.2% (5414 of 5457) of competition laps at the 1.54-mile track and has led 402.

* He has an average start and finish of 7.8 and 10.7.

Chassis

* Chassis number 558 will be the primary for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500. Johnson last drove that car from the pole to victory lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.

* Backup chassis No. 534 was last driven to a 13th-place result at Pocono Raceway last August.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT QUALIFYING UNDER THE LIGHTS AT ATLANTA AND DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE OF QUALIFYING DURING THE DAY?: "It doesn't really matter to me when we qualify. I think Atlanta is such a fast track that when you strap in for qualifying I think you have to pull them tight and know that you have to step up and get it done, but then when you have the night factor I think you take another 20 percent with you and just drive the car sometimes way over your head and way over what you think you can do because the grip level is so high and hope that it's fast enough to lead you to the pole. I don't really have a preference, but it does usually add a little more grip and makes you attack harder with the night qualifying session."

WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR CAR TO DRIVE LIKE AT ATLANTA?: "It really reminds me of Darlington where you just have to be very conscious of what end of the race car is taking the abuse or what tire is slipping and sliding too much. Every time you slide that tire, you're just taking speed out of the car and especially off the tail end of the run. You're just trying to be very aware of what tires work and looking for ways to get around that, the balance and the load between all four tires. When you're able to do that, your car typically drives very comfortable and you're going to need that for 500 miles at Atlanta. It just kind of comes down to that -- making sure you feel all four tires being worked equally."

-source: hm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson