Texas II: Jimmie Johnson preview

Texas Motor Speedway * Johnson has made 12 Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway where he has earned one win, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. * Johnson has completed 98.1% (3943 of 4018) of competition laps at the track and...

Texas Motor Speedway

* Johnson has made 12 Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway where he has earned one win, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

* Johnson has completed 98.1% (3943 of 4018) of competition laps at the track and has led 78.

* He has an average start and finish of 8.9 and 8.5.

Chassis

* Both the primary and backup chassis for Sunday's event were last driven from the pole to victory lane. Johnson drove primary number 552 to the win at Dover International Speedway in September while he piloted backup chassis number 558 to a victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

Just to get sort of a sense from you of what you're doing, if anything, to sort of not let your guard down with three races to go and having such a big lead. "Really just treating these races as if they were other races, any other race. I know it sounds stupid and corny and almost predictable, but it's the truth. I mean, the way we have prepared to this point has led to the points lead that we have and the race wins that we've accumulated over the year, and we need to do more of the same.

"From my standpoint, studying my notes from the previous races, working with the engineers, understanding the setup that we're taking, understanding what we're trying to qualify and what we're going to try and race trim, and being up to speed on all those potential changes that we can work on and understanding what we're hoping that they will do, that's all part of it, and I think this weekend will be a lot easier for me than Talladega because I'm going to be working on things that actually make a difference

"At Talladega there was a lot of free time for my mind to worry because the rules are so specific and there's not a lot you can think about from a driver's standpoint. But this weekend it should go fast. As soon as we get in the car, be focused on how the car is handling and adjustments that we need to make right on through the race.

"I'll just try to fall into all of that and just live and breathe the race car as much as possible so that my mind doesn't think about outside things."

-credit: hm

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