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

Team 48 Dover International Speedway

JIMMIE JOHNSON 2011

STARTS: 10 WINS: 1 TOP 5: 5 TOP 10: 6

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CURRENT DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: 2nd POINTS BEHIND 1st: 23

FINISH IN DARLINGTON: 15th SPRING 2010 FINISH AT DARLINGTON: 16th

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

NOTES

Dover International Speedway

• Johnson has made 18 Sprint Cup Series starts at Dover International Speedway, where he has won three of the last four events.

• He has six wins, eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes at the one-mile track.

• Johnson has completed 97.4% (7019 of 7204) of competition laps in Dover and has led 1622.

• He has an average start and finish of 10.8 and 9.7.

Chassis

• Johnson will pilot chassis No. 650 in Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway. He finished eighth in that car at Texas Motor Speedway in April.

• Johnson finished 16th in backup chassis No. 623 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.

Backup Car History – Chassis No. 650 Date Event Start Finish

03/27/2011 Charlotte 16 2

04/09/2011 Texas 6 8

Backup Car History – Chassis No. 623 Date Event Start Finish

10/16/2010 Charlotte 10 3

11/07/2010 Texas 17 9

03/06/2011 Las Vegas 14 16

JIMMIE JOHNSON QUOTES

LOOKING AHEAD FROM ONE TOUGH OVAL TO ANOTHER, NEXT WEEK DOVER, YOU HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS THERE. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE TRACK? BEEN DESCRIBED AS A ROLLERCOASTER THAT’S ALSO SELF-CLEANING.

“Yeah, it’s a fun racetrack. I think it’s a track that really suits my style, and the stats show that. There’s a certain rhythm there. You have to be comfortable with typically the racecar at least into the corner, then you have to figure out somehow to make it turn the center, fight forward grip up off the corner to run a good lap there. The rubber, I understand we’re going back to the same tire as we had there in the fall. That tire laid a lot of rubber down and caused a lot of handling issues for teams. We did a good job of working around that. So I’m excited going back. I think it will be a strong race for the Lowe’s team.”

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 10th on NASCAR’s all-time wins list, one victory behind Lee Petty.

• He is second in total wins among active drivers, behind Jeff Gordon (82).

• 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 four (Michigan, Chicago, Watkins Glen, Homestead) of the 22 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 337 Sprint Cup Series starts, Johnson has posted 138 top-five and 209 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 11,262 laps (of 97,488) in his Sprint Cup career, covering over 130,178 miles.

• He has finished on the lead lap 262 times.

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