DEFENDING SERIES CHAMPION JIMMIE JOHNSON LOOKING FOR CHEVY ROCK & ROLL 400 REPEAT AT RICHMOND THIS WEEKEND Richmond, VA (September 1, 2008)--Can Jimmie Johnson win consecutive Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at ...
DEFENDING SERIES CHAMPION JIMMIE JOHNSON LOOKING FOR CHEVY ROCK & ROLL 400 REPEAT AT RICHMOND THIS WEEKEND
Richmond, VA (September 1, 2008)--Can Jimmie Johnson win consecutive Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway? That question will be answered on Saturday, September 6, when the series returns to Richmond for "One Last Race to Make The Chase." No driver has won consecutive fall races at America's Premier Short Track since Rusty Wallace did so at the 1992 and 1993 Miller Genuine Draft 400 races.
Johnson swept both Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway last year en route to his second consecutive series championship. At the 2007 Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Johnson started from the pole and came out on top in a race that featured 15 lead changes among 10 drivers. He took the lead for good on Lap 340.
This year, Johnson is third in the driver point standings entering the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 and has already clinched a spot in The Chase. With his three wins ranking third best among Chase contenders, he will rank third to begin the 10-race, playoff-style format. However, just being locked in at third doesn't mean he can't use an extra 10 bonus points which are awarded for each win in the first 26 races.
Despite his season sweep last year, Johnson has room to improve after placing 30th at Richmond International Raceway in the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 race earlier this season. With several drivers looking to race their way into The Chase, and even more drivers looking to earn bonus points, Johnson will need to race as if he's on the outside looking in. With a win this past weekend at Auto Club Speedway, Johnson is riding the momentum he needs going into The Chase.
Jimmie Johnson will return to Richmond International Raceway this Saturday, September 6, for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. This race marks "One Last Race to Make The Chase." Once the checkered flag drops, the field will be set for the top 12 drivers who will compete for the series championship over the final 10 races of the season. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-455-7223 or visiting www.rir.com. The weekend begins this Friday, September 5, with the Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race, preceded by practice and Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series. Friday's tickets are $45 (reserved) and $35 (general admission) in advance. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday only. Johnson will also make an appearance at the Green Flag Zone fan hospitality on Saturday. Tickets for the Green Flag Zone are $90 and include a pre-race pit pass, food and beverage. For additional information, please visit www.rir.com or call the ticket office at 866-455-7223.