* Johnson will pilot chassis No. 623 in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race. He has only driven that car once -- to a third-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. * Johnson finished third in backup chassis No. 580 at Auto Club ...
* Johnson will pilot chassis No. 623 in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race. He has only driven that car once -- to a third-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.
* Johnson finished third in backup chassis No. 580 at Auto Club Speedway in October.
IN THE PAST GOING IN THE LAST THREE RACES OF THE YEAR YOU'VE HAD ONE GUY CHASING YOU. NOW YOU HAVE TWO. HOW DOES THAT CHANGE THE DYNAMIC FOR YOU? "For me we've always really approached each race with the mentality that we needed to win. You can go back to the Texas race a few years back where I worked hard to get by Matt. We've been able to win at Phoenix. Our Homestead performance has been getting better and better each year. I felt last year we had a chance to run with the lead group of guys and didn't need to, played it smart.
"It's really the same mentality. We need maximum points. Of course, it's a little bit more forgiving or easy on your team and yourself with a big points lead. But we don't have that this year. We're going to have to race, and we're ready for it."
YOU'VE SAID ALL ALONG FOR THE LAST THREE OR FOUR WEEKS, LET'S GET THROUGH TALLADEGA AND WITH THREE TO GO I'LL DEVELOP A STRATEGY. WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY NOW? "All out. We need to be as competitive and as fast as we can possibly be at this point. We're going to three tracks that are good for all three competitors. As Kevin (Harvick) was saying earlier, you're going to have to run in the top five to stay in the game. Then obviously take advantage of things and win if you can. Ten extra points from first to second are going to be important. Leading laps, leading the most laps, you're going to have to be on your A game from here on out."