Las Vegas: Jimmie Johnson preview

Las Vegas Motor Speedway * Johnson has eight Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, collecting three wins, three top-five and four top-10 finishes. * Johnson has completed 99.9% (2154 of 2157) of competition laps at the 1.5-mile...

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

* Johnson has eight Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, collecting three wins, three top-five and four top-10 finishes.

* Johnson has completed 99.9% (2154 of 2157) of competition laps at the 1.5-mile track and has led 302.

* He has an average start and finish of 14.8 and 11.1.

Chassis

* Johnson will pilot a brand new chassis - No. 580 - in Sunday's event.

* Backup chassis No. 534 was last driven to a 13th-place result at Pocono Raceway last August.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT AT LAS VEGAS? WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE GOOD? "With the paving job they did a couple of years ago, the track is a lot faster than it's been in the past. I'm not sure what the asphalt has done over the off-season and how much speed it's lost, but that track went from being a slippery track that you had to manage your time and manage your lap time around the track to a place that you have to manage. So It's a really fun race track to drive. I hope it's still that way where you have to attack and drive every lap like a qualifying lap."

what do you do to usually prepare for these races? What is your race strategy? "Strategy wise, you know, Chad and the engineers do a lot to understand trends and cautions, you know, the way races play out. Then again, it's just statistics that are showing that. It's difficult to really base a lot on that. I leave a lot of that to them.

"I just really focus on doing my job, make sure I'm well rested, well hydrated, energy is up, in shape, do a very good job of explaining what I feel in the car. Without having data acquisitions on the car, I'm responsible for telling them what's going on, good and bad. I just really have to work on my communication skills and then being sensitive enough to understand what the car's doing."

-source: hm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson