Team Lowe’s Racing – Team 48 Dover International Speedway Preview

Team 48 Dover International Speedway

JIMMIE JOHNSON 2011

STARTS: 28 WINS: 1 TOP 5: 11 TOP 10: 18


American Muscle

CURRENT DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: 10th

FINISH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: 18th 2010 FALL FINISH AT DOVER: 1st

TEAM ROSTERS WILL BE POSTED ON MEDIA.LOWESRACING.COM WHEN AVAILABLE

RACE NOTES

Dover International Speedway

. Johnson has made 19 Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover International Speedway, where he has six wins, eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.

. Johnson has completed 97.6% (7419 of 7604) of competition laps at the one-mile track and has led 1829.

. He has an average start and finish of 10.3 and 9.6.

Chassis

. Johnson will drive chassis No. 669 in Sunday’s event. He finished second in that car at Michigan International Speedway in August.

. Johnson finished second in backup chassis No. 650 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.

JIMMIE JOHNSON QUOTES

WHAT’S YOUR OUTLOOK GOING INTO DOVER?

“New Hampshire obviously wasn’t the finish we were looking for especially with how good we were throughout the weekend. I’m really looking forward to this weekend though. Dover has always been a good place for the 48 team and I really enjoy racing there. I’m not really sure why, but it has always just kind of suited my driving style.”

SPRINT CUP SERIES CAREER NOTES

Career Wins

. Johnson has 54 wins in his Sprint Cup Series career, his most recent coming at Talladega Superspeedway on April 17, 2011.

. The El Cajon, Calif.-native is currently tied with Lee Petty for ninth on NASCAR’s all-time wins list, one victory behind Rusty Wallace.

. He is second in total wins among active drivers, behind Jeff Gordon (85).

. Johnson needed only 296 starts to hit the 50 mark. Only three drivers have reached 50 victories quicker – Gordon (232), Darrell Waltrip (278) and David Pearson (293).

. Johnson has won at least three Cup races a season since he posted his first victory in 2002. He is the only driver in the modern era to win at least three races in each of his first eight full-time seasons.

. Johnson has won Sprint Cup Series races at all but five (Michigan, Chicago, Watkins Glen, Homestead, Kentucky) of the 23 tracks on which the series competes.

. Johnson’s 10 wins in 2007 was the highest number recorded in a single season since Jeff Gordon posted 13 victories in 1998.

. The four-consecutive wins scored by the No. 48 team in the 2007 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ties a modern-era NASCAR record.

Career Poles

. Johnson has collected 25 poles in his Sprint Cup career.

. The championship driver has earned at least one pole a year since his first full-time season in 2002.

. He had a career-high six poles in 2008.

. Johnson’s most recent pole position was at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 24, 2010.

Career Starts

. Johnson has finished in the top five in the Sprint Cup Series point standings each year since his first full season in 2002.

. Johnson is the only driver to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup every year since the format was adopted in 2004.

. In 355 Sprint Cup Series starts, Johnson has posted 145 top-five and 221 top-10 finishes.

. He has a top-five finish at every track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit.

. Johnson has led a total of 11,692 laps (of 102,206) in his Sprint Cup career, covering over 137,119 miles.

. He has finished on the lead lap 277 times.

Career Recognition

. Johnson was named by Forbes as the Most Influential Athlete in 2011.

. In 2009, Johnson became the first race car driver to be named Male Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in its 78-year history.

. Voted Driver of the Year four times in his career (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010), Johnson joins Jeff Gordon as four-time winners of the prestigious award.

. Johnson has won an ESPY for Best Driver four times, in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.


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