Jimmie Johnson preview

Bristol 500

Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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Bristol Motor Speedway • Johnson has made 18 Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he has earned one win, four top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

• Johnson has completed 97.2% (8764 of 9013) of competition laps at the .533-mile bullring and has led 497.

• He has an average start and finish of 15.1 and 16.1. Chassis • Johnson will pilot chassis No. 592 in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series event. He last drove that car to a runner-up finish at Kansas Speedway in Oct. 2010.

• Backup chassis No. 553 crossed the finish line first at Auto Club Speedway in Feb. 2010.


WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE AT BRISTOL THIS WEEKEND?: "I'm just excited to go back. I think we were in position in the fall race to fight for the win and race with Kyle (Busch). I feel good. After we won in the spring and coming back in the fall, just didn't want to be too full of myself. Wanted to be able to go there and run well, but we backed it up there in the fall and had an awesome weekend. Unfortunately we crashed late in the race on the back straightaway. Looking forward to going back. We're sitting decent in the points, but a good run at Bristol would move us in the right direction in the points. Look forward to going back."

IS THE BRISTOL CAR ONE THAT YOU ARE STILL DEVELOPING?: "Fortunately the short track stuff — over the years it does migrate a little bit toward the new technology, but Martinsville, Bristol — it doesn't change. Guys joke around that their Bristol setups that they're running today is what they ran in the 90s with the old, old car — Luminas and stuff like that. Some tracks, especially where down force isn't involved, there's very little change over the years there's more change due to tires and the evolution of the tire than much of anything else."

-source: gmrm/lowes

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
Tags bristol, johnson, sprint cup