Pocono: Jimmie Johnson preview

Pocono Raceway * Johnson has made 14 Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono Raceway, where he has collected two wins, five top five and nine top-10 finishes. * The three-time Champion has completed 99.7% (2676 of 2685) of competition laps at the...

Pocono Raceway

* Johnson has made 14 Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono Raceway, where he has collected two wins, five top five and nine top-10 finishes.

* The three-time Champion has completed 99.7% (2676 of 2685) of competition laps at the 2.5-mile track and has led 368.

* Johnson has an average start and finish of 7.4 and 9.8.

Chassis

* Johnson last drove primary chassis No. 534 to a 13th place finish in this year's All-Star event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He started that race from the pole.

* The backup chassis, No. 480, started and finished third at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.

NEWS & NOTES

Jimmie is scheduled to join 25 other drivers in the Fifth Annual Prelude to a Dream on Wednesday, June 3 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Johnson will drive a late model Chevrolet featuring a Hendrickcars.com paint scheme with Lowe's and Jimmie Johnson Foundation logos as well. For the second consecutive year, Johnson will drive for car owner Clint Bowyer.

Hendrickcars.com features more the 5,000 quality pre-owned vehicles from Hendrick's 80 franchises. Fans who visit the site also have the opportunity to win a trip to this year's Brickyard 400 to meet Jimmie, his team, tour his hauler and watch him try for his third win at the fabled track. Airfare and hotel are included.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

Does the lack of shifting at pocono change your approach to Turn 1 off the front straitaway and is the tunnel turn a more or less important place to pass now that you don't shift? "Turn 1 we're running a much higher line now because we don't have the option to use third gear. And you're so low on rpms coming off of the bottom of Turn 1 that the engine just doesn't pull right so that's why you see us running higher down there now. Same goes for Turn 3 when they put that piece of asphalt in we can keep the rpms much higher and the engine in the power band to run down the straightway if we move up. The tunnel turn is a very important turn. It's probably more important now since we can't shift over there. Because if you get that corner wrong and the guy behind you gets it right, he is in the power band of the engine and can make a pass."

How important is the short shoot straightaway between Turns 2 and 3 compared to the other two straightaways? "It's a good passing area. It's changed some now because there is that outside line. But in the past if you were able to get position inside of someone into Turn 3 there's no way they could hang on and fight you for that spot. It is an important part. It's kind of confusing now and you don't know where to put yourself because the outside of Turn 3 has been so good the last couple times."

-credit: hm

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