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The Battle in Bristol Begins


MICHIGAN RECAP:  After qualifying 30th, suffering a broken shifter and racing back onto the lead lap, Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s team rallied to a ninth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway. Johnson led 21 laps throughout the 400-mile event and scored his 13th top-10 finish of the season. Johnson and the No. 48 team remain seventh in the point standings.
 After 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, Johnson owns the sixth-highest driver rating with a score of 99.4. The driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS has led the most laps in the series to date with 1,035.

QUALITY TIME WITH KIDS: The No. 48 Lowe’s team spent some quality time with kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Adrian, Michigan, last week prior to on-track activities. The team installed a rain garden at the club and worked side by side with the kids. Click here for a video recap of the event.

BACK TO TRUSTY LOWE’S BLUE: After a series of subpar finishes, Johnson reached out to Lowe’s to ask if the partner could switch up the paint scheme. Lowe’s, a 13-year sponsor of Johnson, agreed wholeheartedly. The blue-and-white paint scheme first appeared on Johnson’s Chevrolet for the 2012 season and Johnson wrapped up his sixth championship in 2013 in the familiar blue scheme. This car has visited Victory Lane five times since its debut.

INTRODUCTION SONG: Johnson chose “Let the Good Times Roll” by The Cars for his introduction song at Bristol Motor Speedway.

JOHNSON AT BRISTOL: In 25 starts at Bristol, Johnson has recorded one win, seven top-five finishes and 13 top-10s. He has an average start and average finish of 15.4. Johnson has led 833 laps and has one pole position at Bristol.

DRIVER RATING AT BRISTOL: Johnson has the seventh-highest driver rating at Bristol with an average score of 91.2 in the last 19 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. 48-728 for this weekend’s event. This chassis is the same Chevy SS with which Johnson finished 19th at Bristol in March.  The backup car is Chassis No. 48-784, which last saw on-track action at Charlotte for the Sprint All-Star race in May.

JOHNSON, TEAM 48 CANE CREEK TRI RESULTS:  It was a team effort on Tuesday evening as Johnson had some company competing in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Cane Creek Sprint Triathlon in speedy style. The course consisted of a 500-yard, open-water swim, a 13-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Johnson’s time was 1:06:43 – ninth overall and first in his age group. Knaus had a time of 1:30:49; Engine tuner John Boydston finished in 1:16:22; Shock specialist Mike Ellershaw crossed the finish line in 1:19:07; tire specialist Kyle Collins had a time of 1:20:00 and engineer Dave Elenz brought it home in 1:32:23.

#TEAMJJF WELLNESS CHALLENGE:  The final event in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge series will take place on Sunday, Sept. 7, in Davidson, North Carolina. For more information or to sign up for the Lake Norman Excursion, visit http://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, visit www.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.

TEAM UP FOR TECHNOLOGY: The Jimmie Johnson Foundation has teamed with Samsung and Lowe's again this year to provide one lucky K-12 public or charter school in the U.S. with a $48,000 technology makeover. Schools can be nominated online or via Twitter. Details can be found atwww.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org. Ten schools will be selected as semifinalists and will be asked to submit a video application. The grand prize winner will be selected from the video applications. The deadline to nominate a school is 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 5.
HENDRICK AT BRISTOL: In 195 starts at Bristol, Hendrick Motorsports has 10 wins, 48 top-five finishes, 89 top-10s and 11 pole positions. Jeff Gordon is tied for first among active drivers with five wins at the track, while Kasey Kahne most recently won this race for the organization in March 2013.

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 approximately 600 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 THE PAINT SCHEME RETURN): “I’m not a superstitious person, but, just in case there is something to it, I asked Lowe’s if we could go back to the blue scheme. I don’t know what it was about the white car, but I have had some terrible luck as of late, and we needed to change things up. Lowe’s is, as always, a phenomenal partner to our team and to me personally, and they agreed right away. So we are changing up the paint scheme mid-year and hope this has something to do with our fortune. Fingers crossed – but really thankful to Lowe’s.”

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Jeff Gordon
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson
Started: 8th
Finished: 1st
November 15th, 2015
2:30 p.m. ET on NBC
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