Rockingham II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Johnson hopes to extend top-five streak at Rockingham ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2003) -- Following an impressive performance last week in Phoenix, Team Lowe's Racing returns to NASCAR's heartland in search of its fifth consecutive...

Johnson hopes to extend top-five streak at Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2003) -- Following an impressive performance last week in Phoenix, Team Lowe's Racing returns to NASCAR's heartland in search of its fifth consecutive top-five finish and with intentions of taking over second place in the NASCAR Winston Cup point standings.

Driver Jimmie Johnson returns to North Carolina Speedway, a.k.a. "The Rock," for the second time this season in hopes of building off the recent success he has enjoyed at the demanding 1.017-mile track. Following one of his worst qualifying efforts of the season, Johnson rallied to an eighth-place finish in the spring race earlier this season.

Jimmie Johnson on racing at North Carolina Speedway

"I can't wait to get back to that place. Last season we had some fluke things happen to us at each race that cost us a lot of points and left everyone thinking that Rockingham is one of our worst tracks. Earlier this season, we had to rely on our first provisional to make the field, but I think we showed everyone how strong we really can be at that track. I know that we'll go into the event with a good setup that will keep us competitive all weekend long. As long as we avoid mistakes, I'm positive this team will post another solid finish and springboard us into the last race of the season and hopefully a second-place finish in the points."

Chad Knaus on Rockingham

"I don't believe in good luck or bad luck. We had some problems last season at Rockingham that cost us some points. In the spring race earlier this year, the weather played a key role in our qualifying effort, affecting the amount of practice time we had. But this team rallied in the face of adversity and put a good setup under Jimmie, one that he was able to quickly move up to the front of the field.

"This season the guys have worked really hard on getting the Lowe's Chevy setup for these intermediate tracks. We're bringing two solid cars with us this weekend -- one that swept both Dover races last year and another that won The Winston earlier this season. After stumbling a bit there last season, Jimmie bounced back in the spring race and I think he really likes this track. I will go as far as to say that Jimmie has the potential to run even stronger than he did this spring, and I wouldn't be surprised to see us continue our top-five streak this weekend."

Jimmie Johnson Fast Facts

Johnson ranks third in the Winston Cup Series championship standings, just 13 points out of second.

Johnson has led in 16 out of the 33 races this season (Daytona, Las Vegas, Talladega, Lowe's, Dover, Pocono, Pepsi 400, Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Michigan, Darlington, New Hampshire, Talladega, Kansas, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Phoenix).

Johnson is the only driver to be ranked in the top-10 all season and has been in the top-10 for 67 consecutive weeks dating back to March of 2002, the longest streak in Winston Cup.

Johnson has won two pole positions in 2003 (Pocono and Kansas).

Johnson has six career Winston Cup victories and six career Winston Cup pole positions.

Johnson won the 2003 The Winston all-star event at Lowe's Motor Speedway, taking home the largest purse in its 19-year history, $1 million.

Jimmie Johnson at North Carolina Speedway

In Winston Cup, 26th is his average starting position and 24th is his average finishing position

No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Fast Facts

Team Lowe's primary car for Rockingham will be car 4850, which the team used to sweep both events at Dover last season.

Team Lowe's secondary car for Rockingham will be car 4866, which the team used to win The Winston all-star event earlier this season.

Broadcast Schedule

Qualifying -- Friday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. (ET) on SPEED; 3 p.m. (ET) on MRN

Race -- Sunday, Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on TNT; 12:30 p.m. (ET) on MRN

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Chad Knaus