Jimmie Johnson

Johnson slays Michigan, cements standing as NASCAR title favorite

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in Michigan
Post-race reaction from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

With all that Jimmie Johnson has accomplished in NASCAR, it’s amazing there are still tracks on the circuit where the No. 48 team hasn’t won. Michigan was the latest checked off the list, as strategy worked in their favor at a place where Lady Luck has typically bit them instead. In the course of a month, the 48 team has won three of the past four events and been reestablished as the team to beat.  Jimmie Johnson

Juan Montoya and Gateway Motorsports Park make NASCAR return this weekend

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Michigan International Speedway
Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Juan Montoya’s NASCAR return, Greg Biffle’s defense, Hendrick’s Michigan woes and Goodyear tires highlight the storylines leading up to the Quicken Loans 400.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, Juan Montoya’s NASCAR return, Greg Biffle’s defense, Hendrick’s Michigan woes and Goodyear tires highlight the storylines leading up to the Quicken Loans 400.

 

 

Exclusive Q&A with NASCAR Rookie Michael Annett

NASCAR Rookie Report: Annett talks testing, Tommy Baldwin and first-year goals
An exclusive Q&A with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year contender Michael Annett.

Welcome to the Athlon Rookie Report, where each week David Smith will evaluate the deepest crop of new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series talent since 2006. The Report will include twice-monthly rankings, in-depth analysis, Q&A sessions with the drivers, and more.

 

Following his 20th-place finish at Pocono Raceway, rookie Michael Annett, driver of the No. 7 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet SS for Tommy Baldwin Racing, sat down with David for an exclusive, extended interview. What follows is an edited transcript of their chat.

 

 

Can a winning Dale Earnhardt Jr. turn NASCAR's tide?

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Pocono Raceway
Race reaction from NASCAR's Sprint Cup race in Pocono where Dale Earnhardt Jr. recorded his second win of the 2014 season.

Let’s turn back the clock to 2004. Kyle Larson was adjusting to middle school, simply make it through a daily class routine. People knew Bob Keselowski, Brad’s father, as a former NASCAR driver and Truck Series owner but absolutely nothing about his son. Jimmie Johnson had yet to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup title, while Jeff Gordon was king of the NASCAR hierarchy. Meanwhile, Mark Martin and Viagra remained the most amusing sponsor pairing in sports.

 

Tunnel Turn, Johnson's roll, NASCAR on TNT on tap at Pocono

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Pocono Raceway
Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, a new feature in Pocono’s “Tunnel Turn,” ARCA action, Jimmie Johnson’s win streak, a winless Matt Kenseth and TNT’s return highlight the storylines leading up to the Pocono 400.

Each week, Geoffrey Miller’s “Five Things to Watch” will help you catch up on the biggest stories of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ upcoming race weekend. This week, a new feature in Pocono’s “Tunnel Turn,” ARCA action, Jimmie Johnson’s win streak, a winless Matt Kenseth and TNT’s return highlight the storylines leading up to the Pocono 400.

Tumbles, Triumph and Tragedy: Pocono Raceway

Johnson, Knaus heating up, win second straight with authority in Dover

Through the Gears: Four things we learned at Dover
Post-race reaction from Jimmie Johnson's win in NASCAR's FedEx 400 at Dover international Speedway.

Two and a half weeks ago, a NASCAR storyline was growing: Jimmie Johnson was doomed. The No. 48 was winless, crew chief Chad Knaus and his driver were fighting with one another and a Chase bid, let alone a bid for a seventh championship, could be in jeopardy.

Is Jimmie Johnson's summer reign beginning?

Geoffrey Miller's five things to watch at Dover International Speedway
Five things to watch in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover international Speedway

Jimmie Johnson’s summer reign may be just beginning  Jimmie Johnson
It was a bad, horrible and no-good storyline in the run up to last week’s Coca-Cola 600: a “struggling” Jimmie Johnson was winless and looked more average than a six-time champion really should in the season’s opening stint.

Jimmie Johnson dominates in Charlotte, wins NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

Through the Gears: Four things we learned in the Coca-Cola 600
Post-race reaction from Jimmie Johnson's win in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR has IndyCar’s number when it comes to television, revenue, pretty car colors … you name it, it’s simply a step above. We’ve been over this one time and again where even Indy qualifying lost out to stock car racing’s All-Star event in the latest Nielsen ratings. More than likely, this week it’s NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, not the Indy 500, that will draw the larger audience overall.

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