Get the latest Jimmie Johnson news, media, stats, and standings for the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver only on the official site of NASCAR.
Get the latest Jimmie Johnson news, media, stats, and standings for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver only on the official site of NASCAR.
Johnson , Byrnes: Sport evolves with new format to grow fan base RELATED: Subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated Jimmie Johnson stood outside his motorcoach two days prior to the 2014 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway , expounding on an answer about the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format and its impact on the sport. "Times have changed, the world has changed, there isn't an easy answer for it," Johnson said. "What I'm trying to do is look at the statistics. Is viewership up? Is attendance up? I don't know the viewership answer, I've heard mixed reviews." Johnson was informed that ratings were up the previous two weeks at Texas and Phoenix. "That's a good sign. I know attendance, it looks like, has been up at a lot of tracks in the Chase. Phoenix was sold out, Chicago was really full, that's what I'm really looking at," he said. "Especially when I'm getting older in my career, I want the sport to be around, I want it to be around for generations to come. The world has changed, and we need to change with it." The revolution will, of course, continue to be televised (and tweeted, and instagrammed, etc.). Viewership was up for the 36th and final race at Homestead, which produced a sellout crowd, while the rating remained level with last year. Steve Byrnes, who has been a stalwart presence in NASCAR television for three decades, assessed the state of the sport prior to Homestead. "I still think that we are a work in progress, meaning we had this amazing growth and popularity, and everybody was kind of puffing their chest out," Byrnes said. "Then when the economy staggered, we staggered with it. I think we're still trying to catch up and find out what the fans really want. They’re trying everything they can." Those efforts produced a strong finish to the 2014 season and valuable momentum for NASCAR heading into the New Year. SUBSCRIBE NOW!
Show to feature interviews with Dale Jr., Edwards, Harvick, Johnson and more
Jimmie Johnson talks about the possibility of life without Chad Knaus as his crew chief. Knaus has been Johnson ’s crew chief for over a decade.
Follow Jimmie Johnson during his dominant 2013 season to claim his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.
Six-time champion gets spun, wrecks at Kansas RELATED: Dale Earnhardt Jr. also hit hard in separate incident MORE: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Jimmie Johnson was aware of the danger of starting deep in the field here at Kansas Speedway . When the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was gathered up in a Lap 84 wreck less than halfway through the Hollywood Casino 400 , that danger quickly became a reality. "Definitely disappointing but not much I can do about it," the Hendrick Motorsports driver said after exiting the infield care center. "If I can put any blame anywhere, it would be on our qualifying effort on Friday. If you're going to be in the back, you're putting yourself in harm's way and today's proof of that." Johnson would finish in 40th place, 87 laps down. Johnson , whose 24 wins in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup races leads the series, spun his No. 48 Chevrolet in qualifying here at 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway and started the race from the 32nd position. It was his worst starting spot since also qualifying 32nd for the season-opening Daytona 500 . After pitting for adjustments during the second caution of the day, contact from Greg Biffle sent Johnson's car into the wall. Justin Allgaier and Josh Wise were also collected in the incident. "Just got tagged in the left rear," Johnson said. "I heard it was the 16 (of Biffle), but I haven't seen the video or anything yet. I was cruising along the top (groove), everything was fine and I felt myself sideways down the back straightaway." His crew quickly began repairing Johnson's car to allow him to return to the race. What can't be repaired as easily will be the points hit the defending series champion will likely take. Winless in the first three Chase races, Johnson had hoped to be much more competitive to start the Contender Round (Kansas and Charlotte) to ease the concerns about heading to Talladega Superspeedway needing a strong finish to advance. That likely is no longer the case. "It just means we've got to be on our game at Charlotte and Talladega," he said. "And there's still a lot of racing left. This stuff can happen so we'll see how the other Chasers fare. "If I can get taken out today, somebody else can later in this event or at Charlotte, so we'll do our best to get back on track and then certainly need (wins), I would assume, moving forward." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Wins third straight November race at Texas as Chasers fight RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota MORE: Full results from Texas FORT WORTH, Texas -- It happens every fall, at least in recent years. Jimmie Johnson won the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway for the third straight year, holding off runner-up Kevin Harvick and third-place Brad Keselowski after Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 went to two overtimes. The action in the second race of the Chase’s Eliminator Round was scintillating enough, but it couldn’t match the intensity of a post-race brawl on pit road that left Keselowski and Jeff Gordon bruised and bloodied. Johnson , who was eliminated from the Chase two weeks ago at Talladega, led the field to the green flag on Lap 340, the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish, with Keselowski to his outside. As both drivers rolled through the first two corners wide open, Johnson inched ahead, ultimately clearing Keselowski’s Ford and pulling away. Harvick passed Keselowski for second place but couldn’t catch Johnson ’s No. 48 Chevrolet, which crossed the finish line .513 seconds ahead of Harvick’s No. 4 car. But it was the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish that caused all the controversy and helped to scramble the Chase standings with only next Sunday’s event at Phoenix International Raceway (3 p.m. ET on ESPN) left to determine which four drivers race for the series championship Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Gordon was the race leader at the time and picked the outside lane for a restart on Lap 335 with Johnson to his inside. Keselowski restarted third and tried to split the two Hendrick Motorsports drivers—in what Harvick would later call “bulldoze mode”—and ran out of room. Contact from Keselowski’s car cut Gordon’s left rear tire, causing Gordon to spin on the backstretch, which in turn brought out the record 13th caution of the race. Gordon finished 29th and dropped from first to fourth in the Chase standings, just one point clear of 25th-place finisher and Coors Light Polesitter Matt Kenseth in fifth. “We drove down into Turn 1, and he just decided to body-slam us and cut our left-rear tire,” an irate Gordon said after wading through a mass of crewmen to get to Keselowski. “It ruined our night. It ruined our chances, ruined our night, might have even ruined our Chase hopes. “It’s just uncalled for. I had to show my displeasure. It got ugly down there, obviously, and you know that’s all right. A lot of things are going to happen in the next couple of weeks.” If Gordon had issues with the way Keselowski raced him, the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford was unapologetic. “I'm not trying to dish out something that I couldn't take myself,” Keselowski said. “But these guys have their own code, and they race differently than that. That's their right. We'll go through these battles. I've gone through them before and come out stronger. I'll go through them again and come out stronger, a better race car driver. “But what I'm not going to do is back down. I'm not going to get in the spot where I was in 2013 where, you know, I tried to be exactly what they all wanted me to be, because what they want me to be is a loser, and I'm not here to lose. I'm here to win. That means I'm going to have to drive my car, harder, stronger, faster than everybody out there. That's what I feel like I did today.” In Victory Lane, savoring his fourth win of the season, his record fourth victory at Texas and the 70th of his career, Johnson could only shake his head at the unplanned fireworks after the race. “I saw a little bit on the big screen going down the back straightaway,” said Johnson . “I would definitely have to go to the tape and watch and see what happened there. I know that second-to-last restart, I got hit from behind and I know Brad got to my outside, and I guess in the process of running into me and getting to the outside lane he ruffled some feathers. “Just an exciting night for us. We had a very fast race car, led a lot of laps (191 of 341). Those cautions at the end, one restart would help me, the other would hurt me—and in the end we got it done.” The wild action at Texas, which saw 12 of the 13 cautions occur after the halfway point, left the Chase wide open, with all eight eligible drivers within an 18-point range. Joey Logano recovered from a spin to finish 12th and shares the Chase lead with Denny Hamlin , who ran 10th. Ryan Newman is third in points, two behind Logano and Hamlin, after a 15th-place finish that could have been better, but for a tire rub resulting from contact on a late restart. Gordon is fourth, 12 out of the lead and one point ahead of Kenseth and Carl Edwards , who rallied from two laps down, avoided the bumping and banging on the track and finished an unlikely ninth. Keselowski heads to Phoenix seventh in the standings, 17 points out of first place and one point ahead of Harvick in eighth. With at least three of the four championship-eligible positions in the final race to be determined on points, none of the eight drivers goes to Phoenix with any degree of security. Notes: Kyle Busch ’s bid for a Texas weekend sweep of NASCAR’s top three series fizzled early. The winner of Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and Saturday’s Nationwide Series event was lapped by Johnson on Lap 125, but he recovered to finish fourth. … Kenseth became the all-time lap leader at Texas Motor Speedway during the opening run, leading the first 53 laps and 59 all told to bring his career total at Texas to 834, surpassing Tony Stewart ’s 801. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Six-time Sprint Cup champion set new record in last year's Chase race Jimmie Johnson has a history of dominance at Dover International Speedway. The six-time Sprint Cup Series champion holds the record for the most career wins at the Monster Mile with nine. He broke a tie with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison in last year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the track and then extended his mark with his win at the 1-mile venue in the spring. In the last 11 Sprint Cup Series races at Dover , Johnson has six wins and has led triple-digit laps all but one time.
Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman have terminal engine issues in the first third of the race at Talladega.