No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hometown El Cajon, California
Age 45 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
4 pole positions
7 top-five finishes
13 top-10 finishes
473 laps led
‘DEGA WINS: Hendrick Motorsports has 13 NASCAR Cup Series wins at Talladega Superspeedway. Of those, Jimmie Johnson is the proud owner of two first-place trophies. His last victory there was in 2011, and he has led 473 career laps around the historic Alabama track. Johnson started fourth and ran strong during the last race at Talladega in June and was a contender for the win before settling for a 13th-place finish.
BLINK OF AN EYE: Johnson is tied for the closest margin of victory in NASCAR history since the advent of timing and scoring. It came at Talladega on April 17, 2011, when he edged competitor Clint Bowyer by just 0.002 seconds for his second win at the superspeedway.
THUMBING A RIDE: One of the most memorable “rides” Johnson has taken at Talladega came in 2012 when former Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. picked him up on the racetrack after the No. 48 Chevrolet was collected in a spectacular four-wide accident coming to the checkered flag in overtime. Johnson’s car was no longer able to carry on, so he rode on Earnhardt’s window back to the garage.
MILESTONES ON THE HORIZON: Johnson has the most overall points-paying wins of all active drivers, and his next trip to victory lane will be his 84th in the NASCAR Cup Series. He secured his 83rd victory in June 2017 to tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time list. An 84th win would tie Johnson with Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for fourth all-time. The No. 48 driver currently is 10 wins behind former Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon, who has 93 victories and is third on the list.
JIMMIE JOHNSON WAY: Last weekend, Las Vegas Motor Speedway recognized the historic accomplishments of the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion at the 1.5-mile track in “Sin City” by renaming the infield tunnel road “Jimmie Johnson Way.” Johnson was presented the honor by track president Chris Powell upon his arrival on Sunday. Johnson finished 11th at Las Vegas Motors Speedway in his final career start at the track.
PAINT THE WALL PINK: Johnson participated in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina’s annual “Paint the Wall Pink” at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday. Traditionally, the event has hosted breast cancer survivors alongside Johnson painting the wall, but this year, due to restrictions on gatherings, the event took place virtually with more than 50 survivors on the giant digital screen at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
TRUE SUPPORTER: After former crew chief Chad Knaus’ announcement Tuesday afternoon, Johnson posted this heartfelt message for his longtime friend and teammate, stating he was excited for his family and about his future with Hendrick Motorsports.
ALABAMA WINS: At Talladega Superspeedway, Hendrick Motorsports holds the track record for NASCAR Cup Series wins with 13. The team has scored at least one victory there with seven different drivers: Jeff Gordon (six wins), Jimmie Johnson (two), Chase Elliott, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brian Vickers, Terry Labonte and Ken Schrader.
’DEGA DOMINANCE: In addition to holding the Talladega record for NASCAR Cup Series victories, Hendrick Motorsports is the track’s all-time leader in pole positions (13), runner-up finishes (14), top-fives (58), top-10s (89), and laps led (2,870).
SUPER ON SPEEDWAYS: Hendrick Motorsports is the all-time leader in combined superspeedway wins with 28. Eleven different drivers have gone to victory lane for car owner Rick Hendrick at the venues of Talladega and Daytona, which is the most superspeedway winners of any NASCAR Cup Series team.
DOZEN AND COUNTING: Hendrick Motorsports has placed at least one car inside the top 10 in the last 12 NASCAR Cup Series races, matching the team’s longest streak of 2020. The last time the team posted more than 12 straight top-10 finishes in a season was in 2016 when it ran off 15 in a row during a championship-winning year.
PLAYOFF WINS: 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 (1,093), top-10s (1,886) and laps led (70,236) 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 racing at Talladega:
“There is nothing like a superspeedway race. Of course, you have to have skills but there is a luck to it – and it’s like hitting blackjack when you are gambling. I hope I can experience a win like that one more time. I’ve always sort of dreaded Talladega late in the year. It’s such a stressful, stressful race. The weight and pressure of the importance of this race for those in championship or points battles, you can’t hide from it. Mistakes are costly and you can wipe your own, or someone else’s, season out in one split second.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!