NASCAR notebook: Johnson 'not losing sleep' over winless streak
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jimmie Johnson hasn't won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race since he triumphed at Dover on June 4 of last year. That constitutes a winless streak of 28 races, the longest drought of Johnson's career.But the seven-time series champion scoffed at the notion that his prolonged absence from Victory Lane represents a decline in his prowess on the track."I don't think that way," said the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in advance of Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway (2 p.m. ET on FS1).
For other people named Jimmie Johnson or Jimmy Johnson , see Jimmy Johnson (disambiguation). Returning to Texas , Johnson dominated and held off Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick to score his third straight win in the fall Texas race, and also ended an 18-race- winless - streak .
Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin have won at least a race every year since their rookie seasons. Technically, he has had one winless season. He started three races in 2001 in preparation for his Texas and Charlotte Motor Speedway are among the eight tracks that Cup visits that are owned by
After an off-weekend following Clint Bowyer's triumph at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR returns this weekend for another intermediate track in Texas Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson won this race last spring and has also won five of the last ten Cup races held at Texas Motor Speedway. Do you think he can break his winless slump of 29 races this weekend?
Jim: Anything is possible, I suppose, but I haven't seen anything from Hendrick Motorsports or the No. 48 team so far to indicate they are on the cusp of a victory at an intermediate track. But that's the thing about Jimmie Johnson - he can surprise you at any time and serve up a reminder as to why he is a seven-time Cup series champion. It certainly would be good news for HMS as a whole if Johnson were to win or put together a strong race from start to finish.
NASCAR Roundtable: Which driver will snap their winless streak next?
On this week's edition of the NASCAR Roundtable, we talk winless streaks, Kyle Busch's growing frustration and the surprises so far in the 2018 season. Clint Bowyer ended a 190-race winless streak when he won Monday at Martinsville Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson scored his first top-five of the season last weekend and was consistently fast throughout the entire weekend. Do you think he's turning the corner to get out of his extended slump? Jim Utter: From start to finish, Sunday was one of the best race weekends Jimmie Johnson has had
Jimmie Johnson has been contemplating his lack of success this year including this shot during practice at Las Vegas in March for the Pennzoil 400. FORT WORTH -- Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage will be well-prepared for a possible Jimmie Johnson victory in Sunday’s
Nick: Although the statistics say yes, the 2018 season says no. I expect Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick to be the stars of the show at Texas while Hendrick Motorsports continues to play catch-up. They just haven't proven that they should be considered a contender this weekend based on their recent performances. However, winning on strategy is a completely different animal.
Tim: While Jimmie Johnson has an impressive record at Texas (like he does at many tracks on the schedule), I just don’t see him being a factor this weekend based on his recent performances. I think another top-10 would be like a win for that team right now. As for picking a driver at Hendrick Motorsports, I would pick Chase Elliott to win out of the four drivers this weekend.
Bump & Run: Who will follow Clint Bowyer in ending long drought?
Will Clint Bowyer be the first of a few drivers to snap lengthy winless streaks this season?Nate Ryan:Aric Almirola (125-race winless streak) needs to follow through quickly on his early season speed to stamp this as a breakthrough season.
Jimmie Johnson is experiencing that right now, especially in the midst of a 29-race winless streak . Such a mark would seem luxurious and enviable to the vast majority of his competition, but it's the longest drought of his first-ballot Hall of Fame career, and Johnson could not be more ready to talk
Jimmie Johnson won the pole for Sunday’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, posting a top speed of 188.890 mph in the final round of qualifying Friday night. It is his 36th career pole and his first since the July 2016 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (95 starts between poles).
Tom: I don't see Johnson's run ending just yet. We've not seen a Chevrolet in victory lane since Daytona and his Hendrick team-mates look better placed to beat him to the top spot currently. If he can make another step up on his top 10 place finish in California, he'll be edging closer to breaking the slump. Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman look better placed currently.
Landon Cassill has landed the ride previously held by Jeffrey Earnhardt with StarCom Racing. What do you think would be a successful season for that new team and Cassill this season?
Jim: Honestly, if the team remains intact with Cassill in the driver's seat until the end of the 2018 season that would be a victory in itself. The organization is basically starting from scratch and needs to make a lot of improvement. However, if there is one driver who has been able to get the most out of the limited equipment he has at times driven in the Cup series, it's Cassill. He should at least be able to tell the team where it's lacking and offer some recommendations on what to do to improve.
Jimmie Johnson, mired in winless streak, can be optimistic at Texas, Bristol
Jimmie Johnson is ready to change the conversation around him for the rest of 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season. The next two races, at Texas and Bristol, will give him great opportunities to do just that.DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — When you're a seven-time NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series champion, an 83-race winner and perpetually on the verge of hoisting that unprecedented eighth championship trophy, people are watching, dissecting and diagnosing your every move.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson is back in the saddle again. After leading first practice at Texas Motor Speedway and the first two rounds of qualifying, the seven-time champion bumped his Jimmie Johnson , currently on a 65-race winless streak , has won seven times at Texas Motor
Jimmie Johnson laughed off talk of the longest winless streak of his NASCAR career at Martinsville, saying he's confident he'll win again. During his media session at Martinsville Speedway, Jimmie Johnson laughed off suggestions that he has suddenly lose his touch with the No. 48 Chevrolet.
Nick: Don't try to be a hero. Don't push the equipment beyond its capabilities. Keep the car in one piece. If he can do these things and the team can actually go to the end of the season without changing drivers again, then it would have been a successful year. They are brand new and are in a building phase. This is the time for learning and improving so they can come back stronger in 2019.
Tim: I think Cassill has the experience to help the team grow and get better on track, but they have a long way to go being a startup team. I think if they could score top-20 finishes and maybe grab a top-15 here and there this season will be a ‘victory’ for the team.
Tom: It's very simple for Cassill: he has to seize the chance given to him after coming in from the sidelines. Then he has to avoid the poor results that Jeffery Earnhardt picked up. It's always a building year in a first campaign and Cassill has to contribute to that on and off the track. For StarCom, it has to make sure Cassill can contribute to its cause, find some stability and make sure it's better placed going into year two.
4 stats proving why Jimmie Johnson will be tough to beat at Texas
Johnson's slow start to the NASCAR season doesn't matter.The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion didn't make it a third of the way through the season-opening Daytona 500 before wrecking - although it wasn't his fault - he hasn't led a single lap through the first six races and his only finish in single digits was ninth a few weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway. Needless to say, he's winless and 17th in the driver standings.
Takeaways from Homestead: Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin cap winless seasons. Johnson ’s streak dated back to 2002 when he won three races in his rookie season in the Cup chief Rodney Childers was suspended for Sunday’s race because of an illegal spoiler on the car at Texas .
He continues to wrestle a winless streak that now extends to 28 races, and another low point was reached with the recent announcement that Lowe’s, Johnson ’s ultra-loyal sponsor Jimmie Johnson celebrates winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, his first victory of 2017.
Kevin Harvick won the last Cup race at Texas last fall during the playoffs. Could we see Harvick start a new winning streak beginning at TMS this weekend?
Jim: Absolutely. Harvick dominated the 1.5-mile tracks at Atlanta and Las Vegas already this season and there is no reason why the No. 4 team shouldn't be in contention this weekend at Texas. Given Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing's current successful run can be traced back to Harvick's victory last fall at Texas, there is even more reason to believe Harvick should be a favorite to make it two in a row at Texas.
Nick: Oh definitely. Although I don't think he'll go on to win three in a row again, he's easily in my top three when it comes to Texas picks. He beat Truex at his best last fall and the No. 4 team is arguably superior now, so it would be foolish to think he won't be a serious threat at TMS.
Tim: I think even Las Vegas will make the Stewart-Haas Racing team the favorites to win a title this season at this point based on the performance of all four drivers so far this season. Every driver has shown signs of being able to win a race and lead laps and if not for two accidents, could have all six Cup wins so far this season. Harvick has shown he’s clearly the most consistent winner and there is no reason to think he can’t win this weekend and start a new streak.
Jimmie Johnson says he lived off Hamburger Helper for a decade
The seven-time NASCAR champ's diet is a little different now.But it sounds like that wasn't always the case for Johnson back in the day, long before he won his record-tying seven Cup Series championships.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson is back in the saddle again. After leading first practice at Texas Motor “I think Alex would have been right there if he hadn‘t had his problems in Round 1,” Johnson added. Jimmie Johnson , currently on a 65-race winless streak , has won seven times at
Johnson is currently facing the longest winless streak of his career and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs at the Charlotte Roval after His engineers background was a factor as well. "I’ve been receiving text messages from competitors saying ‘hey he’s a sharp guy and a great choice’.
Tom: It would be hard to bet against it. Clint Bowyer's win for Stewart-Haas Racing proves the team is competitive across its four-car team and at most tracks. Kevin Harvick has been a cut above his team-mates and I expect that to continue.
If you could pick a surprise winner for Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race, who would it be and why?
Jim: Given his exceptional performance and victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway last fall, I think Cole Custer could earn his first Xfinity Series victory of the season this weekend at Texas. However, given the recent history of Xfinity Series races at Texas, it's going to take quite a lot for a series regular to come away with a win. Cup series drivers - particularly Erik Jones - have had a stranglehold on those races in recent years.
Nick: My pick would be Christopher Bell, but since you said 'surprise' winner and I don't want to choose Custer since he's already been selected twice over, how about Tyler Reddick. The JR Motorsports driver won at Daytona and hasn't slowed down any since then.
Tim: I agree that probably Cole Custer will be the ‘surprise’ winner but it’s hard to go against a Cup Series regular at this track. I also think we could see a JR Motorsports driver run up front for most of the day, but it will be hard to beat a Cup regular at this 1.5-mile facility.
Jimmie Johnson arrives at Bristol convinced team moving in right direction .
Jimmie Johnson is in a rare extended winless streak, which he will try to end Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. He's staying positive as he and the Hendrick family search for more speed.He is on the longest winless streak of his seven-time NASCAR Cup championship career – 30 races – and yet simultaneously remains a race trophy away from tying NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip with 84 career victories.