Johnson looks for a bit of luck for another consistent performance at Bristol

Jimmie Johnson: Will Irish Eyes Be Smiling?

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 13, 2011) – It could be said Irish eyes have been smiling on Jimmie Johnson and Team Lowe’s Racing as the No. 48 team has compiled three top-10 finishes in the first three races of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. While a little Irish luck never hurt anyone, hard work and determination are the real reasons the No. 48 team has turned in s that have led to Johnson currently leading the driver’s point standings.

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

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However, a notoriously challenging track lies ahead for Johnson as the series travels to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and the tight confines of its .533-mile high-banked concrete oval. The driver of the No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS has a March 2010 win at the track, which has since undergone a new configuration, but he has struggled on the track in the past.

Bristol ranks in the bottom four tracks for Johnson in NASCAR’s driver rating system. But lately, the five-time Sprint Cup champion seems to have found his groove, notching five consecutive top-10 finishes starting with his 2010 win.

With one short track in the books with the new sixth-generation car introduced at the start of the season – Phoenix International Raceway, where Johnson finished third – Bristol will provide a different kind of challenge. And while there are sure to be many race fans clad in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during Sunday’s Food City 500, Johnson hopes all of those “Irish” eyes will be smiling down on him in victory lane.

JIMMIE JOHNSON, Driver of the No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS for :

What are your thoughts on this weekend’s race at Bristol?

“I think the mechanical aspects will help the cars at Bristol. The last time there, we were very curious about the grinding and what would happen and what wouldn’t. The track just changed in some ways and we will just go back and get in a rhythm and see what happens. For the longest time, we were not competitive at that track and now we’re in the mix and I’m really happy about that.”

CHAD KNAUS, Crew Chief of the No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports:

How would you size up your expectations for Sunday’s Food City 500?

“I’m looking forward to going to Bristol. We’ve had a lot of solid performances there, lately. The new track configuration is going to lend itself to some superior racing and the tire Goodyear is bringing is impeccable. I’m really looking forward to getting the Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS on track at Bristol.”

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