Charlotte II: Round 31 preview

• Jimmie Johnson Hoping For Timely Victory Jimmie's House: Johnson Rules Lowe's Motor Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2006) -- Talk about perfect timing. Just days after his last-lap disappointment at Talladega Superspeedway, Jimmie...

• Jimmie Johnson Hoping For Timely Victory

Jimmie's House: Johnson Rules Lowe's Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2006) -- Talk about perfect timing.

Just days after his last-lap disappointment at Talladega Superspeedway, Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) has the perfect opportunity to rebound.

Saturday's Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway takes place at his "house" -- a track where Johnson has won five times in 10 career starts and often in dominating fashion.

He knows he needs that karma.

Johnson's last-lap incident at Talladega cost him the chance to leapfrog other opponents in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings. Heading to Saturday's event -- the fifth of 10 Chase events -- he remains in eighth place, 156 points behind leader Jeff Burton (No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet).

A win or top-five performance seems mandatory.

"I can get 156 back," Johnson said. "We'll just have to see what happens."

Big moves still can be made. Johnson trails seventh-place driver Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet), his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, by a mere nine points, and sixth-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet) by only 50 points.

And his Lowe's record is impressive -- five wins in the last seven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events there, plus a second-place finish in May behind Coca-Cola 600 winner Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge), another Chase competitor.

That event was the first on Lowe's new surface, installed in the off-season, but Johnson says the fresh asphalt hasn't altered his perspective.

"It's a great place for us," Johnson said. "We just show up and attack it. We approach the track the same way that we have. With all the different surface changes, there is still a way to drive the track with a certain style in how to get around there.

"I'm just going to show up and treat it like I always have and hopefully we'll get the same results."

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne
Teams Hendrick Motorsports