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DAYTONA RECAP: Jimmie Johnson didn’t get much of a chance to shine last weekend at Daytona International Speedway, as he was caught up in a 16-car accident on Lap 20 in the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup event. The No. 48 team worked to repair Johnson’s Chevrolet SS, but the damage was extensive and the team recorded their first DNF of the season. Johnson slipped to third in the Cup points as a result of the 42nd-place finish.
SEASON-TO-DATE: After 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, Johnson owns the second-highest driver rating with a score of 105.5. The driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS has led the most laps with 1,008, which accounts for 19.4 percent of all laps run this season.
NEW HAMPSHIRE TEST: In early June, Johnson tested at New Hampshire with his Hendrick Motorsports teammates in preparation for this weekend’s race at the 1.058-mile track.
AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: In 24 starts at New Hampshire, Johnson has three wins, nine top-five finishes and 17 top-10s. While Johnson has never scored a pole at New Hampshire, he has compensated with his finishes, posting top-nine results in 12 of the last 14 races at the 1.058-mile oval. The three-time New Hampshire winner recorded his first two victories at “The Granite State” track in 2003, sweeping both sanctioned events that season. He last visited New Hampshire’s Victory Lane in 2010, when he started from the 10th position to take the checkered flag.
ESPY NOMINEE: Johnson has been nominated for the 2014 ESPYS in the categories of Best Driver and Best Championship Performance. Including this year, Johnson has been nominated for 13 ESPY awards, previously receiving nominations in the following categories: Best Driver (six), Best Athlete (three), Best Championship Performance (one) and Breakthrough Athlete (one). If Johnson wins Best Driver this year, it will mark his fifth ESPY award in the category. The ESPYS will take place live on Wednesday, July 16, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Fans can help select the winners by voting atESPN.com/ESPYS.
DRIVER RATING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: Johnson has the third-highest driver rating at New Hampshire with a score of 105.8 in the last 18 races. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-832 for this weekend’s race, which Johnson most recently raced at Richmond earlier this season. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-806, which Johnson cruised to a fourth-place finish in September 2013 at New Hampshire.
#TEAMJJF WELLNESS CHALLENGE: The second event in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge series will take place this Saturday in North Carolina. For more information or to sign up for the Lake Norman Excursion, visithttp://jjfwellnesschallenge.racesonline.com/. Johnson and his wife Chandra launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006, with the mission of assisting children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. Since its inception, the foundation has committed more than $6.7 million to various charities. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, visitwww.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE: In 138 starts, Hendrick Motorsports has nine wins, 40 top-five finishes, 64 top-10s and has led 2,505 laps around the 1.058-mile oval. Kasey Kahne most recently led the team to Victory Lane in July 2012, when he started from the outside pole and led 66 laps en route to the organization’s ninth victory at New Hampshire.
30TH ANNIVERSARY:In 2014, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 30th anniversary in NASCAR. The organization began in 1984 with five employees and 5,000 square feet of work space. It has grown to more than 500 employees with a 430,000-square-foot facility that sits on 140 acres. Driver Geoff Bodine won the Martinsville Speedway spring race on April 29, 1984, marking Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, DRIVER OF THE NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS (ON NEW HAMPSHIRE).“We were pretty disappointed last weekend with the result at Daytona. I really felt like we had a fast car and to be there for all that time only to be knocked out of the race at lap 20 was tough. We are looking forward to New Hampshire and then the off-weekend. Everyone on this team works so hard, they deserve some time off and I hope that we can head into the break with a good finish at Loudon.”