Watkins Glen: Jimmie Johnson preview

Watkins Glen International * Johnson has made seven Sprint Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen International, posting three top-five and four top-10 finishes. * The 2.45-mile road course is one of only six Sprint Cup tracks on which Johnson...

Watkins Glen International

* Johnson has made seven Sprint Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen International, posting three top-five and four top-10 finishes.

* The 2.45-mile road course is one of only six Sprint Cup tracks on which Johnson hasn't visited Victory Lane. The others are Bristol, Infineon, Chicago, Michigan and Homestead.

* The three-time champion has completed 89.4% (565 of 632) of competition laps at the New York track and has led six.

* Johnson has an average start and finish of 7.3 and 13.1.

Chassis

* Johnson will pilot chassis No. 543 in Sunday's road-course event. He last drove it to a fourth-place result at Infineon Raceway in June.

* The backup chassis, No. 442, was driven to a seventh-place finish last year at Watkins Glen International.

JIMMIE JOHNSON:

YOU HAVE THREE WINS AT THE BRICKYARD BUT YOU'RE STILL LOOKING FOR THAT ROAD COURSE SUCCESS. YOUR GOALS HAVE BEEN TO WIN AT BRISTOL AND AT A ROAD COURSE. YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE YOUR SHOT AGAIN NEXT WEEK AT WATKINS GLEN. THOUGHTS? "We are and we've made a lot of progress at Bristol and at Infineon, I had a speeding violation and was able to drive up through all the cars and find myself in fourth. So I think we're making great gains. I'm becoming much more aware of what these cars need on road courses. We were very fast at the race last year at The Glen, so I think we have a shot; our best shot yet."

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFINEON AND WATKINS GLEN? "The speed is the first thing that comes to mind. The speed of Watkins Glen is so much higher. But also the track is so much wider and the corners are low and much more sweeping, which gives you that speed. So they are two totally different approaches."

-credit: hm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson