Jimmie Johnson wants to turn his luck around in his own house, and no track has been more kind to Johnson than Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Johnson has five wins here and since 2003 has never earned less than a top- three finish. If his...
Jimmie Johnson wants to turn his luck around in his own house, and no track has been more kind to Johnson than Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.
Johnson has five wins here and since 2003 has never earned less than a top- three finish. If his championship hopes are to remain alive this year he's got to get some of that mojo going for the Bank of America 500.
Currently, Johnson sits eighth in points trailing leader Jeff Burton by 156 points.
"I really just have to go out and do all that I can and score as many points as possible and see how it falls into place," Johnson explained. "We're pretty far out and it's going to be tough to make up the deficit we have. But the way the Chase has started and the way every year the Chase has been that I've been a part of it, it's so unpredictable.
"Anything can happen. Just when somebody looks like they're safe and secure, something crazy happens and they lose a lot of points."
Crazy came last weekend at Talladega.
Johnson was wrecked by his teammate on the last lap of the race while challenging Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for the lead. It cost Johnson valuable points the only lucky turn was that so many other Chase racers had trouble that it didn't make the loss as detrimental as it could have been.
For Johnson, the hole started long before Talladega. The Chase has been an utter catastrophe for the No. 48 Hendrick Chevrolet team. In the first four races Johnson has finished 39th, 13th, 14th and 24th respectively.
Those aren't the kind of finishes a driver needs in the Chase if they want a shot at the title. It's familiar territory for Team 48 who has come up just short of the title the last four years.
"We're in a no pressure situation," said Johnson. "We have nowhere to go but up. And if we were leading the points, we'd be more worried about protecting right now. And we're not in that situation."
The next two weeks are crucial for Johnson to turn around his misfortune. Charlotte and Martinsville are two of Johnson's best tracks.
"At Martinsville you can't get away from anybody," Johnson said. "You have a chance to get caught up in somebody else's problem and take you out of a good point's day. So I do look at it as a wild card race. I'm excited to go there. We usually run really well at Martinsville."
Johnson has 17 combined top-10's at Charlotte and Martinsville.