Jimmie Johnson

Harvick a favorite, Danica on point for Daytona 500

NASCAR: Five Things to Watch at Daytona
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<p> Five things to watch for in the Daytona 500.</p>

Sunday's Daytona 500, the 55th in the long, storied history of The Great American Race, officially has the field set. There are endless stories emanating from NASCAR's biggest event, but here are the five that will most impact Sunday's race.

Top 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers for 2013

Predicting the best drivers to hit the track this season.
<p> Predicting the best drivers to hit the track this NASCAR season  </p>

As the 2013 NASCAR season revs up this weekend at Daytona, Athlon Sports offers up our preseason Top 25 Sprint Cup Series driver rankings. Click on each driver's name for a detailed preview of what fans can expect in 2013. 

7 Amazing NASCAR Driver Stats for the Daytona 500

NASCAR Numbers Game: Daytona
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<p> 7 Amazing NASCAR Driver Stats for the Daytona 500</p>

Daytona. For the casual fan, it’s the one time a year in which tuning in is a must, not an option. For the hardcore fans and industry veterans, it’s a spiritual revival. It suffices as the start of a new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season when teams have spotless records and sky-high optimism.

Jimmie Johnson: 2013 NASCAR Driver Profile

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Wed, 2013-02-20 01:00
Driver Profile Year: 
2013
Owner: 
Rick Hendrick
Team Name: 
Hendrick Motorsports
Manufacturer: 
Chevrolet
Sponsor: 
Lowe's
Driver Rank: 
1
Car Number: 
48
Crew Chief: 
Chad Knaus

2013 Spin
“The Jimmie Johnson Era.” Many fans might hate it, but that’s likely how the past decade of Sprint Cup competition will be remembered, as Johnson has made the series his personal playground since he sat on the front row of the Daytona 500 as a rookie 11 years ago. Despite two straight seasons in which he and his team have underperformed (by their standards), many in the sport believe the road to the Cup title still goes through his No. 48 car’s garage stall.

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NASCAR Drivers: 
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Driver Name: 
Jimmie Johnson
Previews, predictions and stats for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team

Backseat Drivers Fan Council

Reflecting on the NASCAR season that was
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<p> Dustin Long and the Backseat Drivers Fan Council discuss the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.</p>
2012

The racing is over. All that remains is for NASCAR to get together in Las Vegas next week, dole out some money and party. Before the banquet arrives, members of the Backseat Drivers Fan Council take a look back at the sport’s TV coverage this season and the racing, while looking ahead to 2013. Here is what they had to say:


Grade the TV coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season by FOX, TNT, Speed and ESPN/ABC

Keselowski wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Title

Keselowski outduels Johnson, wins first Cup for Roger Penske
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<p> Brad Keselowski beat Jimmie Johnson to win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup title at Homestead-Miami Speedway.&nbsp;</p>
2012

Brad Keselowski entered Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 20-point lead in NASCAR’s Chase standings.

Problem was, his competition came in the form of a five-time champion.

Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team enjoyed a reign that lasted from 2006-10, and they won the championship in every way imaginable in that time: Going away, coming from behind, with consistency and utilizing a glut of wins.

Brad Keselowski and Paul Wolfe: The Duo that Almost Never Was

NASCAR News and Notes of the Week
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long reveals that Paul Wolfe was very close to not being Brad Keselowski's Sprint Cup crew chief. But now that the two are together at Penske Racing, they satnd on the verge of a NASCAR championship.</p>
2012

The first time Brad Keselowski asked Paul Wolfe to be his crew chief, Wolfe didn’t flinch.

“He looked me in the eye and said, ‘No, I don’t want to do it,’” Keselowski said. “I think he was kind of mad at me because I had wrecked (his car).”

It was Aug. 2009 when Keselowski posed the question to Wolfe, a former driver turned crew chief working for CJM Racing.

Harvick wins a wild one in Phoenix

Gordon/Bowyer melee mars AdvoCar500; Keselowski turns tables on Johnson in points battle
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<p> Kevin Harvick won a wild AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski overtook the points lead over Jimmie Johnson while Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer engaged in an on- and off-track melee.</p>
2012

Once the smoke cleared, the cars (or what was left of them) were loaded and the Sunday sun set over Phoenix International Raceway, a new championship landscape had emerged in NASCAR. But tempers as hot and raw as the surrounding Sonora Desert shifted the focus of the Sprint Cup Series’ AdvoCare 500 from said title battle—and the race’s previously-MIA winner—to wrecked racecars, fist fights and talk of on-track payback.

NASCAR News & Notes of the Week

The 2013 Sprint Cup, Brad Keselowski's spike in popularity and Kyle Busch's hot streak
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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Dustin Long updates on the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup car, Bradk Keselowski's popularity in the Chase and Kyle Busch's bot streak.</p>
2012

A Goodyear tire test Tuesday and Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway could provide a clue as to how racy NASCAR’s 2013 Sprint Cup car can be.

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