|DOVER RECAP: Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team scored their fourth top-10 finish of the season last weekend at Dover International Speedway. The ninth-place result was Johnson’s 24th top-10 over the course of his 33 starts at the track. Johnson also picked up valuable points last weekend by finishing eighth in Stage 1 and fourth in Stage 2.
KANSAS WINNER: Johnson has seen plenty of success over the course of his 23 starts at Kansas Speedway, accumulating three wins at the 1.5-mile track. His last win came on May 9, 2015, when Johnson led the final 10 laps to edge competitor Kevin Harvick for the victory. Johnson has 28 wins on 1.5-mile tracks, the most all-time.
LONG TOP-10 STREAK: From the September 2007 fall race until the spring race in May 2014, the El Cajon, California, native finished inside the top 10 in 11 straight events at Kansas. During that time, he won twice and amassed six top-five finishes.
TOTAL DOMINATION: On Oct. 9, 2011, Johnson started 19th at Kansas and made his way to the front of the field rather quickly. Of the 272 total laps, Johnson led 197 of them – the most laps a winner has ever led at Kansas in a single race.
ASK JJ: Johnson will be in the Ignition Garage at Kansas Speedway for a fan question-and-answer session on Saturday, May 12, from 4 to 4:15 p.m. local time. Fans must have a NASCAR Cup Series grandstand ticket or RV admission in order to purchase the Ignition Garage Hospitality.
POCONO PLAYGROUND: Before heading to Dover last week, Johnson made a pit stop at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, to promote the upcoming June 3 race. Johnson, along with track CEO Nick Igdalsky, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau and Kulture City, unveiled the Pocono Mountains Inclusive Playground. Pocono Raceway is now the first sensory-inclusive motor sports facility in the world. To see more, click here.
MEN’S JOURNAL MAGAZINE: Johnson is featured in the June edition of Men’s Journal, on newsstands now. In the magazine, he weighs in on some items that have his “Seal of Approval.” The items include Common Projects shoes, a handcrafted Merrimack canoe, the movie “Icarus” and his Trek Emonda bicycle.
VOTING OPEN FOR HELMET OF HOPE: Ten charitable organizations have been selected as semifinalists for the 2018 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Helmet of Hope. Voting starts May 8 at noon ET and goes through noon ET on Tuesday, May 15. The five semifinalists that receive the most votes will receive a $25,000 cash grant, an ice cream party and their organization’s logo on Johnson’s helmet during the race at Kentucky Speedway on July 14. Click here to vote.
NEXT UP, 84: Johnson’s next trip to Victory Lane will be his 84th points-paying NASCAR Cup Series win. He secured his 83rd in June 2017 to tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time wins list. An 84th win would tie Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for fourth all-time. Johnson is currently 10 wins behind former teammate Jeff Gordon, who has 93 victories and is third on the list. Johnson has the most wins of all active drivers and No. 48 team crew chief Chad Knaus has the most wins of all active crew chiefs with 81.