Pocono II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Coming off a win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Team Lowe's Racing is in high spirits as it heads back to Pocono Raceway for the track's second event of the season. Johnson finished sixth at the 2.5-mile tri-oval in June and has...

Coming off a win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Team Lowe's Racing is in high spirits as it heads back to Pocono Raceway for the track's second event of the season.

Johnson finished sixth at the 2.5-mile tri-oval in June and has collected two wins, four top five and eight top-10 finishes there.

With only six events remaining before the Chase for Sprint Cup field is set, Johnson is currently fourth in the driver point standing and looking for a solid finish in this weekend's Pocono 500.

JOHNSON:

HAVING WON AT POCONO BEFORE, DO YOU LOOK BACK ON THAT FOR SOME IDEAS ON HOW TO WIN AGAIN? "So much has changed since we won here. There's a different car and a different rules package. Things that really worked for us then won't work for us now. I do have fond memories of the track and I've enjoyed the challenges of it with three separate corners, but it's just such a different world. We were strong here in June and I'm hopeful that what we learned will cross over and we'll have a good race here."

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO GET A GOOD QUALIFYING SPOT AT POCONO AND WHAT'S THE KEY TO SUCCESS? "Qualifying is important every week for your pit road pick, and then the fact that it's so difficult to pass here. Qualifying is very, very important."

"The key to winning is go fast. It's a different track. I'm sure you've heard all the stories about it. It's a different track with three different turns and all that stuff, but you've just got to go fast. If you're not fast, it's not a fun day."

CHAD KNAUS:
Your general thoughts on your second victory at Indy? "Generally it's pretty cool, to be quite honest. It's kind of neat, you know, because we did start off a little bit slow this season. We've been working really hard at Hendrick Motorsports collectively as a group, everything from the engine shop to the body hanging department, our chassis shop, everybody in the shop in general. To be able to go there and capitalize on a lot of good things was really neat. Like I said, it was big collective effort on everybody's part."

Johnson will pilot chassis number 502 in Sunday's race. The two-time champion finished second at Chicagoland Speedway in the same chassis earlier this month. The backup chassis, No. 480, was driven to a fourth-place result in May's Sprint Cup Challenge.

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson
Teams Hendrick Motorsports