Jimmie Johnson is tied for second place in the Championship point standings heading to Kansas Speedway for Race 3 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Johnson, who finished fifth at Dover International Speedway last weekend, has never won in...
Jimmie Johnson is tied for second place in the Championship point standings heading to Kansas Speedway for Race 3 of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Johnson, who finished fifth at Dover International Speedway last weekend, has never won in Kansas, one of just seven tracks on which the back-to-back champion hasn't visited Victory Lane.
But just 10 points behind leader Carl Edwards, Johnson looks for a solid run at the 1.5-mile track on Sunday and hopes at the least to extend the lead the top three have on the rest of the Chase field.
ON KANSAS SPEEDWAY: "Based on Chicago's run and what we did at Fontana, the whole team's excited about Kansas. It's been a good track for us and we've been able to finish in the top five there several times. I'm excited for it. I think it's a great race for us in The Chase. Hopefully we can come out of there with the points lead or, if not, get a bigger gap from the top three guys that have broken away to that next group behind us."
DO YOU THINK OF HOW IMPRESSIVE THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THREE STRAIGHT TITLES WOULD BE? "I know it is out there, I have thought about it some, but it is not there yet so my mind hasn't really worked on it too much. I can imagine and think what it would be and how great that would be, but I just haven't let my mind go there yet. Until we are in the hunt, I am trying to avoid it as long as I can, because then there is pressure that comes with that and worrying about doing that and trying to put myself in the history books. The longer I can keep it out of my mind the better and let me focus on the things I need to."
* Johnson has made six Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, posting one top-five and four top-10 finishes.
* Johnson also has two poles at the 1.5-mile track, 2003 and 2007.
* The Team Lowe's Racing driver has completed 98.1% (1516 of 1545) of competition laps at Kansas and has led 127.
* Johnson has an average start and finish of 5.5 and 12.0.
* The primary chassis for Sunday's event is No. 504, which Johnson drove to Victory Lane from the pole position at both Indianapolis and Fontana this year.
* Johnson last drove the backup chassis, No. 465, to a 17th-place result at Michigan.