Lowe's driver Jimmie Johnson and the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series enjoy an off weekend before traveling to Texas Motor Speedway for the April 15 race. Johnson has won three of the last four races including last weekend's 500-lap race at Martinsville....
Lowe's driver Jimmie Johnson and the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series enjoy an off weekend before traveling to Texas Motor Speedway for the April 15 race. Johnson has won three of the last four races including last weekend's 500-lap race at Martinsville. He is the only driver in the modern era to win at least three races in each of his first six full-time seasons. Johnson is in third place, 75 points behind leader Jeff Gordon in the season points' race. Gordon, in 1996, was the last driver to win three of the first six races. At Texas Johnson will pilot the No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo after racing the Impala SS (Car of Tomorrow) at the Bristol and Martinsville short tracks.
DRIVER JIMMIE JOHNSON QUOTES:
OFF WEEKEND: "Earlier this week we tested at Richmond which was good. It's one of the tracks where I really want to finish better this year. Chani and I are going to the beach over the weekend to sit around and do nothing. It will be good to get away a few days. It's been a great month but I'm ready to take a few days to relax."
SEASON SO FAR: "We are very pleased. We started out of the gate slow at Daytona but I think you have seen the strength of this race team at the other tracks. Our goal right now is to race as well as we can and enter the "Chase" with a lot of momentum."
ON WORKLOAD AND STRESS ON TEAMS RUNNING TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT RACE CARS: "There is a lot more stress and a lot more of a workload for all of the race teams to prepare the old car and the new car. We have speedway races coming back up and a lot of teams Daytona unscathed so there is a lot of work right now getting caught up. We all knew that coming in to this year, even last year when we were out testing. I don't think we have seen any cost saving yet. It certainly hasn't been any easier on the teams, in years to come, hopefully it will go that direction, but changing vehicles and getting the whole thing started up has been very hard on the teams."
ON DIFFICULTY FOR DRIVER TO GO FROM NEW STYLE IMPALA SS BACK TO MONTE CARLO SS: "We haven't made the transition back yet so I am not sure what it is going to be like going back to the old car. Every time I get in this car, I have a question mark because I am learning about the car and I am not sure what to expect. When we go back to the old car, there might be a lap or two where you question which car you are in and what it is going to do. But we are all pretty good at picking up reference points and knowing what the car is going to do from track to track. I can say it was a big surprise going to Bristol because the first couple laps on the track was much different from what we normally expect at Bristol."
Texas Motor Speedway
* In seven starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Johnson has completed all 2,343 laps. He owns an average starting spot of 10.7 and average finish of 7.3. He has led 3 laps at Texas.
* Johnson has won at least three races a season since he posted his first victory in 2002. He is the only driver in the modern era to win at least three races in each of his first six full-time seasons.
* Johnson's victory at Martinsville on April 1 was the 26th of his Nextel Cup career. This win ties him with Fred Lorenzen for 22nd place on the list for most victories since 1949.
* Johnson's owns nine poles in his career. He has won a pole in each of his first five seasons.
* In 189 starts, Johnson has posted 70 top-5 finishes and 114 top-10 finishes. He has a top-10 finish at every track on the NASCAR Nextel Cup series circuit. Kansas is the only track where he has not posted a top-five finish. Johnson has led 4,563 laps and driven 54,569 laps in his Nextel Cup career covering over 72,694 miles. He has finished on the lead lap 145 times.