JIMMIE JOHNSON 2011
STARTS: 27 WINS: 1 TOP 5: 11 TOP 10: 18
CURRENT DRIVER POINT STANDINGS: 8th
FINISH IN CHICAGO: 10th 2010 FALL FINISH AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: 25th
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
. Johnson has made 19 Sprint Cup Series starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he has three wins, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
. Johnson has completed 98.8% (5506 of 5574) of competition laps at the 1.058-mile track and has led 316.
. He has an average start and finish of 10.9 and 9.6.
. Johnson will pilot brand new chassis No. 689 in Sunday’s event.
. Johnson finished 31st in backup chassis No. 590 at Richmond International Raceway in September.
Backup Car History – Chassis No. 590
Date Event Start Finish
03/29/2010 Martinsville 3 9
09/11/2010 Richmond 11 3
02/27/2011 Phoenix 28 3
04/30/2011 Richmond 30 8
07/17/2011 Loudon 28 5
09/10/2011 Richmond 3 31
JIMMIE JOHNSON QUOTES
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL RUN AT NEW HAMPSHIRE?
“Track position is key, and making sure that your pit strategy is right; this track is very low on tire wear and fuel mileage is really important. For whatever reason, as tough as it is to drive a CoT around here, and as tight as the racing groove is, we don’t end up with a lot of cautions. So you don’t have a lot of opportunities to work on the car. So to make a long story short, it all starts (Friday). A good qualifying position is the start of a good weekend, and we hope to do that.”
SPRINT CUP SERIES CAREER NOTES
. 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.
. 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.
. 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 354 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 11,691 laps (of 101,906) in his Sprint Cup career, covering over 136,802 miles.
. He has finished on the lead lap 276 times.
. 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.