Jimmie Johnson Articles

Jimmie Johnson
In celebration of Athlon Sports' upcoming 10th annual Racing magazine, we've dug into the archives to uncover some of the most memorable features, profiles and Q&As that have graced our pages. Visit the site daily for more retrospective looks...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
Article originally published in 2005 Athlon Sports Racing annual 1. Should Junior’s expletive have cost him 25 points and had a potentially significant effect on the Championship? Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the most popular driver award and...
Athlon Sports
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Tony Stewart  Momentum has clearly swung in Smoke’s favor. He’s always been a streaky driver, and now that he’s “on” it may be hard for Carl Edwards to hold him off. 2. Carl Edwards  Averaging a 5.6-place...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: AAA Texas 500 Track: Texas Motor Speedway Location: Fort Worth, Texas When: Sunday, Nov. 6 TV: ESPN (3:00 p.m. EST) Specs: 1.5-mile quad-oval; Banking/Turns: 24°; Banking/Quad-Oval: 18°; Banking/...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro 1. Carl Edwards Talladega and Martinsville were the wild card tracks, and the two Edwards and crew were most apprehensive about. They went into ’Dega with a five-point lead and left Martinsville up eight. 2. Tony Stewart...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro Prior to NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, Tony Stewart stated that his inclusion in the playoffs may simply be wasting a spot in lieu of another, more worthy contender. Three victories later, the two-time Cup champion...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Vito Pugliese There’s a reason why Talladega continues to endure and endear itself to NASCAR Nation. Vito Pugliese provides a first-hand account of this past weekend’s racing from the 2.66-mile behemoth. While some experiments and...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Mike Neff On Wednesday, SBNation.com’s Jeff Gluck reported that prior to the Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega on Sunday, crew chief Chad Knaus was overheard on NASCAR.com’s RaceBuddy telling Jimmie Johnson that, should he win the race, he...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
Jimmie Johnson
by Matt Taliaferro and Nathan Rush Race: Tums Fast Relief 500 Track: Martinsville Speedway Location: Martinsville, Va. When: Sunday, Oct. 30 TV: ESPN (1:30 p.m. EST) Specs: .526-mile oval; Banking/Turns: 12 degrees April Winner: Kevin...
Matt Taliaferro
2 years ago
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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

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