Jimmie Johnson Articles

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been medically cleared to race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday. Earnhardt missed the past two races after suffering a concussion Oct. 7 in a last-lap crash at Talladega...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
There is typically one race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship that throws the Sprint Cup field the proverbial curveball. The perils of Talladega are well known, so drivers and teams approach it with a survivalist’s mentality. The 1.5-mile...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Don’t be fooled by the court jester routine Clint Bowyer seems to play in press conferences. For all the joking he does, he’s serious about winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. With five races left in the Chase, Bowyer is fourth in the...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
After four races, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin had seemingly separated themselves in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. Not so fast, says Clint Bowyer. As the sport’s version of a playoff completed the “first half” in its...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Matt Kenseth’s win Sunday at Talladega completed one of the greatest seasons of restrictor-plate racing in NASCAR since 1988, the first season the plates were used for all the races at Daytona and Talladega. Kenseth won the Daytona 500,...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council take a wider look at the sport this week, judging who they think the best crew chief in the Chase is and if the length of the Chase should remain 10 races. Here’s a look at what they had to say: Who...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Brad Keselowski admits he has conflicting emotions heading into this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. “There’s part of me that says no matter how bad Talladega goes I can only be 47 points back...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is only three races into its 10-race Chase for the Championship playoff stint. And thus far, three drivers seem to have separated themselves from the field. One made a major statement in the AAA 400 from Dover...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Even with replacement referees, the NFL is drawing large TV audiences. With NASCAR’s title Chase under way, members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council were asked what they’re watching more of — NASCAR or NFL. The answer, from a group of NASCAR...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
1. Jimmie Johnson Johnson, Chad Kanus and the boys have methodically clicked off consecutive second-place finishes to begin the Chase. Next up is Dover, where the 48 dominated in June. Last week: 2 2. Brad Keselowski Much of the talk since...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
It appeared Denny Hamlin had a good idea that he would win the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Or at least run well. Maybe. Actually, it’s hard to know exactly what he was thinking leading up to the second race of NASCAR’s Chase...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Round one is over in the Chase but it already has produced many changes on and off the track for fans. Races are starting later, fans are seeing more of it and there’s a new points leader with the former points leader saying he’ll win this...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
1. Brad Keselowski   What has kept Keselowski and his team near the top of the Horsepower Rankings all season is the ability to win on most any style of track. To come out connecting in the Chase is big. 2. Jimmie Johnson   Certainly...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
If Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team are the Muhammad Ali of NASCAR — the heavyweight that wins with both sheer power and poise — Brad Keselowski and his No. 2 Penske Racing bunch are the sport’s Sugar Ray Leonard. Not...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
The 2012 regular season may have been put in the books last weekend in dramatic fashion at Richmond International Raceway, and the Chase for the Sprint Cup may get underway at Chicagoland Speedway, but for NASCAR fantasy players the season simply...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship is here and with it comes the question of who will win it. Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council tackle that question and more, including what is the biggest surprise this year and if they think drivers...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
In 2003, Matt Kenseth became the final Winston Cup Champion in less-than-dazzling fashion. He won all of one of 36 races while posting 24 top 10s for an average finishing position of 10.2. He clinched the title by merely starting the second to...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
The race shop was once a movie theatre. The team’s finances proved as stable as a house of cards. No surprise that one of NASCAR’s biggest dreamers was the owner. Five years later, Michael Waltrip’s team is in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
1. Denny Hamlin   Hamlin slips ahead of Jimmie Johnson thanks to having the strongest car for a third consecutive week (despite the fact he didn’t win). He also gets a hat tip for those four regular season victories. Last week: 2 2. ...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
1. Jimmie Johnson  Denny Hamlin may be the hottest driver on the Cup circuit at the moment, but Johnson’s team will still be the one everyone keeps an eye on going into the Chase. 2. Denny Hamlin  Became the first driver since Tony...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Coming off another exciting race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads south to Atlanta Motor Speedway for this weekend's AdvoCare 500. Only two races remain before the Chase for the Cup gets underway in Chicago, and if...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
The Race for the Chase is heating up and after two weeks of late-race drama the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Thunder Valley for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. When the series hits the high-banks, it will be on a much...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
1. Jimmie Johnson  Loses a second one in three weeks in heartbreaking fashion. That may derail some teams, but with the 48, you get the feeling it only makes them more determined. 2. Brad Keselowski  Keselowski and the boys are...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Neither Greg Biffle nor team owner Jack Roush is unaccustomed to visiting Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway. So it was no surprise that the duo ended up spraying champagne following Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race....
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
After a wild late-race battle for the win at Watkins Glen, the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan for this weekend's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Returning to MIS for the second time this...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago

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