No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hometown El Cajon, California
Age 44 Resides Charlotte, North Carolina
17th in standings
0 pole positions
4 top-five finishes
9 top-10 finishes
102 laps led
36 pole positions
231 top-five finishes
373 top-10 finishes
18,936 laps led
2 pole positions
13 top-five finishes
22 top-10 finishes
914 laps led
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHAMP: Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will turn 45 years young on Thursday, Sept. 17. The native of El Cajon, California, will make his 679th Cup start Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway as he attempts the half-mile track for the final time.
MR. TOP 10: Dating back to 2014, Johnson has only finished outside of the top 10 at Bristol three times over the span of 12 races, making for nine top-10 results. Even better, six of those finishes were in the top five, including one win in the spring of 2017. Johnson finished third in his most recent points race at Bristol in May. The only other track where Johnson has more top-10 finishes during that timeframe is Dover, where he has 10. Johnson has the best overall average finish (8.85) of any driver with more than six starts at Bristol Motor Speedway.
CAR ALLIES: Ally Racing recently brought together Johnson and Las Vegas-based custom car personality Danny Koker to share in their love for racing, music and cars. A four-episode content series showcases Koker and Johnson discussing how the car design and livery of the No. 48 Chevrolet for the upcoming Sept. 26 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was developed. For more info and to watch the weekly episodes, go to AllyRacing.com.
RICHMOND HONOR: Last weekend, Richmond Raceway recognized the historic accomplishments of seven-time champ Johnson by naming its pedestrian tunnel in his honor. The tunnel, originally constructed as part of “Richmond Raceway Reimagined” that was unveiled in fall 2018, will now be called the “Jimmie Johnson Champions Walk.” Click here for photos.
DANIELS MAKING STRIDES: Cliff Daniels will make his 44th start as a crew chief this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Daniels has led the No. 48 team to four top-fives and nine top-10 finishes so far this season.
MOMENTUM INTO BRISTOL: Hendrick Motorsports is carrying momentum into Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff showdown at Bristol Motor Speedway. In each of the last six races, the team has led laps, placed multiple cars inside the top 10 and recorded at least one top-five finish. During that stretch, Hendrick Motorsports has the most or is tied for the most in the series in wins (two), top-five finishes (10) and top-10s (15). It also has one runner-up finish, one stage win and 207 laps led in those events. The team’s average result of 11.63 over the last half-dozen races is the best of all Cup-level organizations.
LOOKING FOR 12: At the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway, car owner Rick Hendrick has 11 points-paying NASCAR Cup Series victories with a track record six different drivers. Jeff Gordon (five) and Jimmie Johnson (two) have won multiple races there for Hendrick Motorsports while Darrell Waltrip (1989), Terry Labonte (1995), Kyle Busch (2007) and Kasey Kahne (2013) have also gone to Bristol victory lane for the team. Most recently, Chase Elliott won the July 15 non-points NASCAR All-Star Race at the track.
NOT SHORT ON WINS: Going into Saturday night’s playoff race at Bristol, Hendrick Motorsports has 50 Cup Series wins on short tracks – the most among active teams. Ten different drivers have posted a short-track victory for car owner Rick Hendrick, which is one away from tying the NASCAR record held by Junior Johnson and Associates.
PLAYOFF HISTORY: Since the inception of the format in 2004, Hendrick Motorsports has 44 NASCAR Cup Series playoff wins – 16 more than any other team. The organization has scored at least one playoff victory in a record 15 different seasons, missing only 2017. A series-topping seven different drivers have won a playoff race for Hendrick Motorsports.
MORE STATS: Since its inception in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 260 race victories and holds the all-time records for championships (12), pole positions (226), top-five finishes (1,092), top-10s (1,884) and laps led (70,123) in points-paying NASCAR Cup Series competition. Including 2020, the organization has won at least one race in 35 consecutive seasons, the longest-ever streak. Hendrick Motorsports is eight wins away from tying Petty Enterprises’ all-time Cup record of 268.
Driver Jimmie Johnson on his final Bristol race:
“It’s hard to believe this is my final night race at Bristol. We have been so close the past few races. I would really like my final time there to be a win. We need to execute. Starting 24th will be tough but we’ve been on the outside looking in before and have had fast cars to get through the field. I have so many good memories at Bristol – once I figured out that track – and some great memories of my girls singing the national anthem there before the race.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!