Jimmie Johnson Articles

Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards No one driver wins the Chase at Talladega, but many lose it. Edwards did neither, which is a good thing for him. Expect top-10 runs from here on out. 2. Matt Kenseth Edwards’ teammate and the 2003 champ,...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro And then, there were five. So it seems. Maybe. The one thing that is beyond debate is Clint Bowyer’s continued strength on NASCAR’s plate tracks. Bowyer made a last-lap pass of teammate Jeff Burton in the Good Sam Club 500 at...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jimmie Johnson  Haven’t we seen this movie before? Summer turns to fall and the 48 team shifts into another gear that no one else has, and that it seemed to be hiding all along. 2. Carl Edwards  Edwards’ tough-...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro For those who have followed Jimmie Johnson’s five-year reign in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, his performance in the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup is none-too-alarming. A deceptive 10th-place run to start the playoffs,...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Hollywood Casino 400 Location: Kansas City, Kan. TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST) June Winner: Brad Keselowski Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns: 15°; Banking/Tri-Oval: 10.4°; Banking/Turns: 15°...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jimmie Johnson  Attention race fans: Do not count Jimmie Johnson out of the Chase until he is mathematically eliminated (which probably will not happen). Thank you. That is all. 2. Carl Edwards  The preseason...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson entered Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway ranked ninth and 10th in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup — in 28- and 29-point holes. Many were already throwing dirt on Johnson’s bid...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Mike Neff For the last four years on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, the mantra has been the same at the start of the Chase: Jimmie Johnson doesn’t have another title in him this season. Or crew chief Chad Knaus is behind the times. Or this...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: AAA 400 Location: Dover, Del. TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST) May Winner: Ryan Newman Specs: 1-mile oval; Banking/Turns: 24°; Banking/Straightaways: 9° Race Length: 400 miles/400 laps Track Qualifying...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Tony Stewart  Difficult to place him anywhere else. Smoke has two consecutive wins and an average finish of fourth over the last four weeks. Lean & mean after shedding the dead weight. 2. Jeff Gordon ...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Tom Bowles NASCAR is a sport defined by individual success. Just one driver and team, not an entire motorsports operation, gets crowned with a series title. But like it or not, team cars working together at NASCAR’s highest level have had...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Sylvania 300 Location: Loudon, N.H. TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST) 2010 Winners: Jimmie Johnson (June); Clint Bowyer (Sept.) July Winner: Ryan Newman Specs: 1.058-mile oval; Banking/Turns: 12°; Banking/...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jimmie Johnson  Looked like the typical Chase race for Johnson ... until he was bit by the fuel bug. Still, how many teams do you know can run out of fuel on the final lap and still finish 10th? 2. Kevin Harvick...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro Just days ago, Tony Stewart called himself an underdog in the Chase for the Championship. Two weeks prior, he wondered aloud whether his No. 14 team even deserved a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. On Monday, Stewart proved he’s no...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship gets rolling this weekend in New Hampshire … no, wait … Chicago. Yeah, that’s right, Chicagoland Speedway. Answer me this: Could the sanctioning body have awarded the date to a track more...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Vito Pugliese NASCAR’s version of the playoffs gets started this weekend in Chicago, just as Major League Baseball is winding down, the NFL regular season is heating up and fantasy football geeks are going berserk. I say that lovingly mind...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Geico 400 Location: Joliet, Ill. When: Sunday, Sept. 18 TV: ESPN (2:00 p.m. EST) 2010 Winner: David Reutimann Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval; Banking/Turns: 18 degrees; Banking/Tri-Oval: 11 degrees;...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jeff Gordon  The four-time champ has averaged a 3.25-place finish over the last month. Gordon is looking like the “Wonderboy” of old at just the right time. 2. Jimmie Johnson  It looks as if his biggest threat...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro The final 300 miles of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ regular season were some of the most intense of 2011. Chase bubble boys Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin were involved in a lap 8 wreck; Chase longshot...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Wonderful Pistachios 400 Location: Richmond, Va. When: Saturday, Sept. 10 TV: ABC (7:30 p.m. EST) 2010 Winners: Kyle Busch (May); Denny Hamlin (Sept.) May 2011 Winner: Kyle Busch Specs: .75-mile D...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Tom Bowles Kermit the Frog may have it tough being green, but in the muppet-like drama of NASCAR I’m betting it’s 1,000 times tougher to be driving the red No. 42 Target Chevy these days. Indeed, every driver appears to see a bulls-eye on...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jimmie Johnson  Two runner-up finishes in the last three races but no wins since Talladega in April. It’s almost Chase time, though, and Johnson finds himself leading the pack (albeit in a controlled four-wheel drift...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro It’s been almost 19 years since a 20-year-old Jeff Gordon made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start. The day was November 15, 1992; the race the Hooter’s 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. And it would go down as the most notable of...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro Brad Keselowski had sniffed the lead all night long, but it wasn’t until the final restart of the Irwin Tools Bristol Night Race that he finally grabbed it and took it as his own. Keselowski shot past Martin Truex Jr. on the...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Kyle Busch  “The Surgeon” begins to pull away … kind of like he’s going 128 mph and the rest of the field is doing the 45 mph speed limit. 2. Jimmie Johnson  To those harping about how Johnson is ripe for the...
Matt Taliaferro
3 years ago

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