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Master of the Paperclip

There's not a better race track to rebound from last weekend's heartbreaking finish, than Martinsville Speedway. Tied for the most wins with Jeff Gordon at the .526-mile paperclip oval, Johnson's contention for a win at the STP 500 is as good as it gets. 

For the second week in a row, the Lowe’s spring bird and green accents will adorn the No. 48 Lowe’s Spring Is Calling Chevrolet SS to commemorate a busy season at the home improvement store. 

Chassis Selection: 

Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-749 which Johnson drove to Victory Lane last April at Martinsville. Johnson also raced this chassis to a fifth-place finish at the paper-clip shaped oval in October 2013. 

Johnson's thoughts on Martinsville:

“Martinsville is one of those races on the schedule I always want to win. Last year we had great runs at Martinsville, and it would be an honor to win there once again for Hendrick Motorsports.”

Race Statstics:

  • Eight Cup wins at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, ranks tied for first with teammate Jeff Gordon among active drivers at the short track
  • Highest driver rating at Martinsville with a score of 124 during the past 18 events.
  • Leads active drivers there with an average finish of 5.3. 
  • Three pole positions, 17 top-five finishes and 21 top-10s in 24 Cup starts
Additional Notes:

#TEAMJJF WELLNESS CHALLENGE:  The first event of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Wellness Challenge is the JJF5K on April 27 in Huntersville, N.C. For more information or to sign up, visit http://jjfwellnesschallenge.racesonline.com/. Johnson and his wife Chandra launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, visit www.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.

BLUE BUNNY HELMET OF HOPE: Voting for nominees for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation’s Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign will be accepted through April 4 atwww.helmetofhope.org. The campaign allows fans and consumers across the country to nominate five of their favorite education-focused charities, organizations supporting K-12 public education, including Parent/Teacher Associations, to receive a $25,000 grant, a Blue Bunny ice cream party, and special recognition on Johnson’s race helmet for the event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ten semifinalists will be selected from these nominations. The public vote to choose the final five grant recipients will take place April 17 through 24. 

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 (Va.) Speedway spring race on April 29, 1984, marking Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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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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