Johnson getting little rest before Phoenix 500


No rest for the wicked, but still wicked awesome. Jimmie Johnson will get some rest when he gets back to his day job on Friday.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – It was a long week for the driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet fielded by Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. And while there was certainly no rest for the wicked after the five-time champion won the Daytona 500 last Sunday, Johnson wouldn’t deny that it was wicked awesome and well worth the chaos that ensued.

2013 Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, poses with his car
2013 Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, poses with his car

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Highlights of the week: visits to the Late Show with David Letterman and Good Morning America, cupcake making in Los Angeles, stops in Las Vegas, Dallas and New York, a contract extension with Johnson’s longstanding sponsor, Lowe’s, and a late-night video that went viral with the 48 crew dancing on the front stretch of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and crew chief Chad Knaus popping wheelies on a dirt bike.

Now, a little rest is in order as Johnson gets back to his day job Friday morning at Phoenix International Raceway. His victory in the Great American Race has him atop the point standings. It’s a precarious hold, but one he looks to keep as he visits the mile oval in the Arizona desert.

Johnson’s record has been strong at Phoenix. He has 12 top-five finishes and 15 top-10s in 19 starts. But, in typical Team 48 fashion, he never wants to stop improving on those finishes. In fact, Johnson is slated for double duty in the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet fielded by JR Motorsports in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

Rest may have been at a premium after winning the sport’s premiere event, but there were enough awesome perks that Johnson is sure to say it was a wicked good time.

Jimmie Johnson

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Eric Gilbert
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
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Tags arizona, chevrolet, hendrick, johnson, nascar-cup.phoenix