Jimmie Johnson Articles

Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
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
Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson  Once an Achilles heel, Johnson rolled to his fourth consecutive road course top 10 with a third at Watkins Glen. In the process, he vaulted to the top of the championship point standings. Last week: 1 2. Brad Keselowski...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
Throughout the Olympics one often hears about a “Dream Team’’ in one sport or another. So what about NASCAR? Members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council were asked if they were an owner with four teams and could pick any Cup driver in any era,...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
Unable to find the right partners, sponsors and teams to put together an effort for next season, Dodge announced Tuesday that it will withdraw from NASCAR after this year. Dodge was left without a Sprint Cup team for 2013 after Penske Racing...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson   Although a flat tire foiled Johnson’s hopes for a second straight victory, it’s pretty obvious who the best team on the circuit is these days. Last week: 1 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.   See: Johnson, Jimmie, then...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
The Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway was dominated, once again, by Jimmie Johnson, yet the conclusion of the race hatched more storylines than one could count: “Johnson blows lead, hands win to Jeff Gordon.” “Gordon breaks 31-race winless...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the Pocono Mountains for the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. When the series last hit the 2.5-mile oval in June, it was Joe Gibbs Racing's Joey Logano that went to Victory Lane, leading 49...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead at Indianapolis, giving his fans something to cheer about in a season where there have been plenty of highlights. Although the points will be reset at the start of the Chase, the question...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson (—)  Johnson has had two crashes in 2012, resulting in 42nd- and 36th-place finishes and one engine failure, leading to a 35th-place run. Otherwise, he’s been 12th or better every week. 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (—)  ...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago

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