Loudon: Jimmie Johnson preview

JIMMIE JOHNSON: CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE MOMENTUM HEADING INTO NEW HAMPSHIRE AFTER COLLECTING YOUR FIRST ROAD COURSE WIN?: "Definitely excited for New Hampshire. It's been a good track for us and hopefully we can get back to victory lane. If not,...

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE MOMENTUM HEADING INTO NEW HAMPSHIRE AFTER COLLECTING YOUR FIRST ROAD COURSE WIN?: "Definitely excited for New Hampshire. It's been a good track for us and hopefully we can get back to victory lane. If not, then I'm expecting a good top-five run up there. Hopefully we can learn a lot there this weekend that will prepare us for the Chase."

DOES IT BOTHER YOU TO NOT BE LEADING IN THE POINTS RIGHT NOW AND IS THAT A GOAL?: "It's definitely a goal. I was very excited about having the lead when we did earlier in the year and hated to see it slip away. It's kind of a funny thing though, if you're not leading and you're still in a comfortable spot in the Chase, I guess you start telling yourself, 'I don't want to lead right now.' At the end of the day, we all want to lead as often as possible and as much as possible. I think it's good for the team to experience that pressure and to have that mindset on the outside chance that it sends a message to the garage area that you could potentially be in the other competitor's heads, I think it's an advantage. I think (Kevin) Harvick has done a great job this year leading the points and making a statement that he and his team are championship contenders this year."

* Johnson last piloted primary chassis No. 540 to a 10th-place result at Richmond International Raceway in May.

* Backup chassis No. 520 has been driven five times, four of which resulted in victories (Richmond 9/08, Martinsville 10/08, Phoenix 11/08, Phoenix 3/09).

-source: gmrm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson