Sears Point: Jimmie Johnson preview

Infineon Raceway * Johnson has made seven Sprint Cup Series starts at Infineon Raceway, where he has collected one top-five and two top-10 finishes. * Infineon is one of only six Sprint Cup tracks on which Johnson hasn't visited Victory Lane.

Infineon Raceway

* Johnson has made seven Sprint Cup Series starts at Infineon Raceway, where he has collected one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

* Infineon is one of only six Sprint Cup tracks on which Johnson hasn't visited Victory Lane. The others are Bristol, Michigan, Chicago, Watkins Glen, and Homestead.

* The three-time Champion has completed 99.1% (765 of 772) of competition laps at the 1.99-mile road-course and has led 30.

* Johnson has an average start and finish of 21.1 and 19.3

Chassis

* Brand new chassis No. 543 will be the primary car for Sunday's Sprint Cup event.

* Johnson piloted backup chassis No. 442 to a seventh-place finish at Watkins Glen last August.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

YOU ARE THIRD IN POINTS HEADING INTO INFINEON, ONE OF THE SIX TRACKS THAT YOU HAVE NOT WON AT YET, TALK ABOUT THE THINGS YOU'VE BEEN DOING TO POSSIBLY GET THAT WIN THIS WEEKEND. "We've been getting better on the road courses and running the Rolex races have been helpful. I think that we've shown at Watkins Glen that we can run competitively and race for the win and stuff, so hopefully we can take all that to Sonoma. We've tested like all the other guys. I feel that we worked in some new areas and I have a very positive outlook on it. I think we're going to be in good shape. We typically qualify well. I just hope that we can get the balance right on race day. We seem to miss the set-up from the practice session on Saturday to what the conditions will be come race time on Sunday. Hopefully we can get that a little closer and have a good run."

ON SAVING FUEL AT SONOMA, AND IS THERE AN ADVANTAGE TO PITTING EARLY THE FIRST TIME AROUND? "Really, Sonoma boils down to luck. The rules are so tight and the fuel cells are all the same. The amount of fuel that they pick up is the same. It's really tough to get an advantage. The only thing you can do there is gamble on the number of caution laps. It kind of boils down to how brave are you going to be and how much risk are you willing to take? And that's the thing that gets us each year. We've been more of a conservative route and worried about a lot of green-flag racing, and we'd pit a lap or two after the big crowd comes and it just hasn't worked out for us and we're back in traffic. So it really is a gamble. If you talk to Kyle Busch from last year, they were on pit road and luckily caught a caution. And then something else worked out for the second one. It just went their way. You know they had a fast car, but they were deep in traffic and the cautions fell their way."

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Kyle Busch