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Team 48 Kansas Speedway

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Kansas Speedway
• Johnson has made 10 Sprint Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway, where he has one win, three top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
• Johnson has completed 98.9% (2584 of 2613) of competition laps at the 1.5-mile track and has led 304.
• He has an average start and finish of 9.7 and 9.1.
• Johnson will drive chassis No. 681 in Sunday’s race. He crossed the line 10th in that chassis at Chicagoland Speedway in September.
• Johnson finished second in backup chassis No. 650 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.

Primary Car History – Chassis No. 681
Date Event Start Finish
07/31/2011 Indy 3 19
09/19/2011 Chicago 12 10

Backup Car History – Chassis No. 650
Date Event Start Finish
03/27/2011 California 16 2
04/09/2011 Texas 6 8
05/15/2011 Dover 1 9
06/12/2011 Pocono 14 4
09/06/2011 Atlanta 17 2


“The track’s lost a ton of grip and it’s heading toward Atlanta from a grip standpoint. There are lots of grooves to race on and cars don’t really wear the tire off. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it could be a fuel mileage race but I don’t really want to think about it from that standpoint.”


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 Kansas 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 356 Sprint Cup Series starts, Johnson has posted 146 top-five and 222 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 11,849 laps (of 102,606) in his Sprint Cup career, covering over 137,519 miles.
• He has finished on the lead lap 278 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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