Charlotte II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Johnson tries to become first driver in modern era to win all three events at LMS CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2003) -- Team Lowe's driver Jimmie Johnson is trying for another first this season -- becoming the first driver in Winston Cup history to...

Johnson tries to become first driver in modern era to win all three events at LMS

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2003) -- Team Lowe's driver Jimmie Johnson is trying for another first this season -- becoming the first driver in Winston Cup history to sweep all three races at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) when he takes to the track this Saturday night in the UAW-GM Quality 500.

Earlier this season, Team Lowe's Racing swept the May events at LMS with wins in the The Winston and the Coca-Cola 600. Johnson will once again get behind the wheel of his Lowe's Monte Carlo at LMS in an attempt to make history at the track that has quickly become the driver's best racetrack statistically. Out of the six Winston Cup races, including all-star events, that Johnson has competed in at LMS, he has posted two wins, two top-five and five top-10 finishes. His only finish outside the top-10 was his Winston Cup debut in the fall of 2001.

Jimmie Johnson quotes

ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT RETURNING TO LOWE'S?

"Our return to Lowe's Motor Speedway is coming at a really good time for us. Just over 100 points separate positions three throught six in the overall standings and we're just a little more than 120 points out of second place. Coming back home to LMS, a racetrack that we've proven we can win on, is huge when the points battle is this close."

DO YOU THINK YOU CAN BECOME THE FIRST DRIVER TO SWEEP ALL WINSTON CUP EVENTS AT LMS?

"NASCAR is so competitive and just because a team is good at a racetrack doesn't mean that it will be this season or the second time around this year. With that said, I think we have as good a chance as anyone to win this Saturday. The conditions should be similar to when we raced in May, maybe a little cooler. Lowe's is a great track for me and a track that you really need to be focused on to drive a loose race car. We're going to try hard to bring a win again at home and complete the sweep. We've been pretty good at completing sweeps; our performances at Dover last season and at Loudon earlier this year are evident of that."

CAN ANYONE CATCH THE NO.17 NOW THAT IS HAS OPENED THE DOOR A LITTLE BIT?

"I sure hope so. If they continue to have problems like that the last couple of weeks of the season, they might let a few of us back into the hunt. I still feel they are very much in control of the championship picture, but anything can happen. Team Lowe's and the rest of the teams need to keep the pressure on them and continue to race well."

Jimmie Johnson Fast Facts

Johnson holds the Winston Cup qualifying record at LMS set in May of 2002.

Johnson swept the May LMS races, The Winston and the 600.

Johnson is trying to become the first driver in the modern era to sweep all events at LMS in the same season.

Including all-star events, Johnson has led multiple laps during the last five races at LMS.

When faced with the opportunity, Johnson has always completed a sweep in his Winston Cup career (2002 Dover, May 2003 LMS and 2003 Loudon).

Johnson ranks fifth in the Winston Cup Series championship standings, just 121 points out of second.

Johnson has led in 14 out of the 30 races this season (Daytona, Las Vegas, Talladega, Lowe's, Dover, Pocono, Pepsi 400, Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Michigan, Darlington, New Hampshire, Talladega and Kansas).

Johnson is the only driver to be ranked in the top-10 all season and has been in the top-10 for 63 consecutive weeks dating back to March of 2002, the longest streak in Winston Cup.

Johnson has won two pole positions in 2003 (Pocono and Kansas).

Johnson has six career Winston Cup victories and six career Winston Cup pole positions.

Johnson won the 2003 The Winston all-star event at Lowe's Motor Speedway, taking home the largest purse in its 19-year history, $1 million.

Jimmie Johnson at Lowe's Motor Speedway

In the Winston Cup Series, 14th is his average qualifying position and 13th is his average finishing position.

No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Fast Facts

Team Lowe's Racing will bring Chevy 4859 as the primary and 4866 as the back-up.

4859 is the Lowe's Chevy that Johnson drove to Victory Lane in this season's Coca-Cola 600, setting the Winston Cup track qualifying record along the way.

4866 is the Lowe's Chevy that won this season's The Winston.

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