Homestead: Jimmie Johnson preview

* Johnson has made eight Sprint Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he has earned two top-five and five top-10 finishes. * The 1.5-mile oval is one of only six Sprint Cup tracks on which Johnson hasn't visited Victory Lane. The...

* Johnson has made eight Sprint Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he has earned two top-five and five top-10 finishes.

* The 1.5-mile oval is one of only six Sprint Cup tracks on which Johnson hasn't visited Victory Lane. The others are Bristol, Infineon, Chicago, Watkins Glen and Michigan.

* Johnson has completed 93.3% (1998 of 2141) of competition laps at the track and has led 43.

* He has an average start and finish of 21.6 and 13.6.

Chassis

* Johnson has piloted primary chassis number 553 to Victory Lane twice this season, at Indianapolis in July and California in October.

* Johnson last drove backup chassis number 558 to a win at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

Looking ahead to Miami, you've done this obviously three times now. When you get to Miami, what's the process? Is there a checklist? Kind of talk about how you're going to approach that weekend. What's the stress level like, that stuff? "The more we can keep it the same, the better it is. There is a lot of media leading up to the race, of course, a lot of questions that come about, that I don't really think of things in those terms. I find leaving the media briefing, media stuff we do on Wednesday, Thursday, there's a lot of thoughts swirling in the brain that were never there because I really try to keep it simple, keep things the same.

"Hopefully I can leave the media get-together and shake all that stuff out, focus on the race and treat it, you know, like I would a typical race. That's really the goal. Don't end up there all the time. It's not as easy to pull off as it sounds. But that's my goal and I would assume everybody else's goal, to try to keep it the same and try to keep the stress down."

CHAD KNAUS:

Heading into this weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway, it's the only track on the Chase schedule that you guys haven't won at, and I'm wondering if the reason is mainly because you're going in protecting a lead, or is there something else about that track that you guys haven't quite figured out yet? "Well, I think if you look at it, we've had obviously both scenarios play out there. We've had races that we've had to win to try to win the championship, we've had races that we needed to go in there and just be protective and try to make sure we didn't lose it.

"So I think that we haven't hit on exactly what it is that we need there, although I feel like our package going into Homestead this year is probably the best that we've had yet, so I'm excited about that. I think we can go in there this weekend with the aggressiveness that we need. We sat on the pole there a couple years ago. I think it was 2006. I think we can go down there and battle for the pole and hopefully get ourselves in position to race for the win.

"But you know, we're not going to do anything silly, either, to take ourselves out of contention or out of a place that we can possibly win this thing. So we're just going to have to play it by ear and hopefully we can be in a position to race for it and hopefully win this thing. It would be awesome. But obviously the big prize has to be the thing first and foremost on our minds."

-credit: hm

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