Jimmie Johnson helps build houses in his hometown with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s.
Jimmie Johnson talks about going with an aggressive pit strategy to try and get the win but falling short.
Jimmie Johnson is a 6-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion and a father of two little girls. The champ and father pays tribute to his kids on race day with two special pink stickers on his helmet visor.
Johnson on P1: 'We don't agree with what has happened' RELATED: 3 teams penalized after Charlotte " Hendrick appeals P1 penalty on No. 48 MORE: No. 48 appeal avoids repeat of 2006 pit pick DOVER, Del. -- Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson calmly and strongly reiterated his team's position to appeal the P1 penalty NASCAR handed down to the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team this week. An hour before posting the fastest speed in Friday's opening practice at Dover International Speedway , Johnson spoke to reporters for the first time since the penalty was announced Wednesday and since his team filed an appeal Thursday. Johnson spoke to reporters Friday for the first time since the penalty was announced Wednesday and since his team filed an appeal Thursday. "Definitely we don't agree with what has happened and getting the letters and that's why the appeal has taken place," Johnson said from Dover International Speedway before opening practice. "I look forward to the appeal process running its course, and respect it and certainly hope for a different outcome once everything has run its course." Johnson's No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet team was penalized this week after receiving multiple written warnings from NASCAR for violations found during the May 16 Sprint All-Star Race and May 24 Coca-Cola 600 weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Multiple warnings warranted a P1-level infraction that would have given Johnson one of the last pit stall selections this weekend at Dover. By appealing the penalty, Johnson will still have the ability to pick a pit stall based on his qualifying position, which is important on the small and tight pit road at the 1-mile Dover concrete oval. "I guess there is that part of it," Johnson said. "My qualifying record as of late hasn't been so stellar, so we won't know implication of that (appealing the penalty) until after qualifying. "Then," he said, pausing, " the stories can run rampant then." Johnson was fastest in practice with a speed of 163.867 mph followed by Denny Hamlin , Hendrick teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr . and David Ragan . A victory Sunday in the FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) would be Johnson's 10th at Dover and make him one of only five drivers (Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, David Pearson, and Dale Earnhardt) in NASCAR history to score double-digit wins on a track. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Appeal will be heard on Tuesday, June 9 MORE: Johnson stands by appeal decision " 'Six-Time' scores 10th Dover win NASCAR competition officials announced Monday that the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 team's appeal of P1-level penalties will be heard on Tuesday, June 9. The proceedings are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. ET at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. NASCAR officials announced P1-grade penalties last Wednesday after an accumulation of written warnings for minor infractions during two weekends of racing for the Sprint Cup Series last month at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Officials punished the No. 48 team by removing its ability to choose its own pit stall, but the organization indicated Thursday that it would appeal. The appeal prevented the penalty from going into effect last weekend at Dover International Speedway , allowing No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus to select a pit stall based on driver Jimmie Johnson 's speed in Friday's Coors Light Qualifying. Johnson started 14th and prevailed in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks , registering his series-best fourth victory of the season and the 10th of his career at the Monster Mile. Johnson touched on the penalty in a pre-race media availability Friday at Dover. "Definitely we don't agree with what has happened and getting the letters and that's why the appeal has taken place,'' Johnson said. "I look forward to the appeal process running its course, and respect it and certainly hope for a different outcome once everything has run its course.'' FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Johnson : Earnhardt 'did a fantastic job of intimidating me' RELATED: Which one was the better driver? LONG POND, Pa. -- Jimmie Johnson 's quest to match NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt's Hall of Fame statistics reached another level last weekend. In both cases, the lofty numbers are worthy of stock-car racing elite. The 39-year-old driver's bid to equal Earnhardt and NASCAR's King, Richard Petty, with a seventh premier series championship has been in full swing ever since Johnson claimed title No. 6 in 2013. But after scoring his fourth victory of the season last weekend at Dover International Speedway , Johnson inched closer to Earnhardt on NASCAR's all-time win list. Earnhardt recorded 76 victories in his legendary premier-series career, placing him eighth on NASCAR's registry of winners. Johnson enters Sunday's Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Pocono Raceway sitting on No. 74. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon is the only active driver with more wins -- 92. While Johnson didn't want to get too far ahead of himself in reaching Earnhardt's mark, he's clearly given some thought to what it means to be considered in the same company. "It's still two away from us, and we certainly hope to have the opportunity to tie him, and then the competitor in me would like to pass that and chase down the next guy," Johnson said Friday at Pocono. "I remember and had the great fortune, like everybody here, to watch Jeff Gordon tie that monumental record. I know how much it meant to Jeff." Gordon's ascendance to NASCAR royalty in the 1990s came during a time when Earnhardt reigned, creating a rivalry that grew from playful tweaking and intense competition to mutual admiration and respect. Gordon passed Earnhardt with his 77th Sprint Cup victory in 2007 at Talladega Superspeedway , and fans from the longtime stronghold for "The Intimidator" responded by throwing beer cans on the track. Gordon said Friday that the milestone still means a great deal to him, especially as he enters a period of transition in his last full season as a driver. But he said that Johnson is also cognizant of what the accomplishment might mean as he creeps up the all-time win list. "Having the opportunity to race with Dale and know his greatness, what he meant to the sport, how tough he was as a competitor and how many races he won, it overwhelmed me that I ever got to that mark because to me, when I started in the sport, it just seemed like he was winning everything and had done it for a long, long time," Gordon said. " Jimmie , it's just a matter of time really for him. This'll be just one of the many records he continues to break and surpass and putting his name in the record books as one of the all-time greats. Doesn't seem like that's going to slow down any time soon, and it's hard to put it in perspective maybe when you didn't get much of an opportunity to race against somebody like Dale. I know how much it meant to me to know him as a friend and a competitor, but you know, Jimmie's got a great sense of the sport and what he's doing and I know how much it means to him, so I know that something like that will mean a lot to him as well. And I hope he gets the proper respect when that day happens." Johnson didn't enter NASCAR's top series full-time until the 2002 season, one year after Earnhardt's death in a crash at Daytona International Speedway . Though he never got to test himself against Earnhardt's hard-nosed racing style, Johnson said he had enough intimidation to go around in his brief interactions with Earnhardt early in his career. "I unfortunately never had a chance to race against Dale. Definitely there's a void there in my mind in my career that I didn't have that opportunity," Johnson said. "I did meet him a couple times and he did a fantastic job of intimidating me and scaring the you-know-what out of me in both of those instances. If it does happen, we'll of course want to handle it the right way, pay tribute to Dale and what he's done for our sport -- the true badass he was in our sport -- and when and if that does happen, it'll be an honor to be there in that status with him." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No repeat in Coca-Cola 600 for Jimmie Johnson CONCORD, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson said he knew he was in trouble "as soon as I turned off the corner" during Sunday’s running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . "I knew it was going around and I fought it as long as I could," the Hendrick Motorsports driver said. His crew worked quickly to replace the damaged front end as Johnson fielded questions in the garage. It wasn’t where the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion expected to be. In three of the four races contested this year on 1.5-mile tracks, Johnson ’s taken the checkered flag before anyone else. Not this time. Johnson lost the back end of the white-and-blue No. 48 coming out of the fourth turn, nearly reined it back in but then hit the inside wall near the pit entrance with the front end of the car. It was the second spin for the No 48 team in the series’ longest race -- he brought out the second caution of the race on lap 90 when he spun in Turn 4. It was a no harm, no foul spin, one that sent him to the rear of the field, but with more than 300 laps remaining, getting back to the front of the pack wasn’t out of the question. And that was exactly the case. With darkness settling in, Johnson said his car was “slowly coming to me.” “That’s how we went from … the tail end of the longest line to fifth,” Johnson , a seven-time winner at CMS, said. “We just drove through there. “The car was coming around. I was trying to set the 88 (of teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr .) up in (Turns) 3 and 4; rolled in behind a lapped car and I’d just kind of got lulled into a comfort zone thinking I could roll in behind someone and be fine because I’d made a couple of moves like that earlier.” The team, led by crew chief Chad Knaus, came in with an aggressive attitude, according to Johnson . Aggressive mindset and setup. Take chances, he said. “We just don’t have anything to lose,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately it didn’t get long enough into the race for the aggressive set up to come into play. Another 30-40 laps we’d have had the car right where we wanted it, I just didn’t make it there. “I could have driven a little easier and tried not to work so hard through traffic but we said we were going to come in and swing for the fences and we did and hit the fence.” Johnson eventually made it back onto the track, down by nearly 30 laps with 70 laps remaining to finish 40th. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No. 48 driver holds off Harvick in green-white-checkered finish RELATED: Full race results " Updated standings " BUY: Johnson gear, merchandise DOVER, Del. -- Jimmie Johnson , welcome to the club. With his overtime victory in Sunday’s FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway , Johnson became the fifth driver to win 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at a single track, joining Richard Petty, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Sr. in sharing that distinction. Johnson ’s triumph was his series-best fourth of the season and the 74th of his career, eighth most all-time and two behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Earnhardt in seventh place. Unlike many of the six-time champion’s past victories at the Monster Mile, this was not a dominating performance by the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Johnson led but 23 laps, and didn’t take the top spot until he beat race runner-up Kevin Harvick to the stripe for a restart on Lap 383. Johnson quickly cleared Harvick and led the rest of the way, but not before a caution for a wreck involving Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch slowed the field on Lap 386. At that point, Johnson and Harvick were the only two drivers to stay out on old tires, but Johnson was able to maintain control of the race on the subsequent restart on Lap 391. He repeated the performance during a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the event five laps past its posted distance of 400, after a wreck involving Greg Biffle , Casey Mears and AJ Allmendinger produced the seventh caution on Lap 398 and forced the overtime. After the final restart on Lap 404, Johnson crossed the finish line .435 seconds ahead of Harvick, who posted his ninth top-2 finish in 13 races this season and extended his series lead to 44 points over sixth-place finisher Martin Truex Jr . Johnson said he was able to maintain the lead on old tires “just driving hard and working that track bar adjuster as much as I could. “I was trying to be smart with my line and I guess guys on two tires weren’t all that fast. (Crew chief) Chad (Knaus) said something to me about that on the radio, and they never really came, you know? The No. 4 (Harvick) and I did just fine on old tires and held those guys off.” Harvick, on the other hand, had no track bar to work with, because the in-car adjuster had broken during the race. “Yeah, we just struggled at the end of the race on restarts, really all day on the restarts,” said Harvick, who led 91 laps but failed to get his first victory at the high-banked concrete track. “Once the track bar broke, we were pretty much in a box and just kind of had to hold on for the first 25 laps (of a run), and if we weren't in the front, then we struggled to just maintain what we had. “All in all, everybody did a great job, and I think when you look at Dover, it's been a good race track for us. We've led laps and just haven't quite finished it yet, but a good, solid day.” Kyle Larson ran third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola . Starting on the outside of the front row next to Coors Lights Polesitter Denny Hamlin , Truex led a race-high 131 laps—racking up most laps led in his third straight Sprint Cup points race without winning. Hamlin led 118 laps but was waylaid by the Lap 386 wreck and came home 21st, three laps down. Notes: Johnson has now led 2,999 laps at Dover, one shy of become the seventh driver in Sprint Cup history to lead 3,000 laps at a single track… This was only the second green-white-checkered-flag finish at Dover, the first coming in the fall of 2005, and the first ever in the Sprint Cup race at the Monster Mile… In his second race back from surgery to repair his broken right leg and left foot, Kyle Busch was a fixture in the top five until Brian Scott ’s Chevrolet collided with Busch’s No. 18 Toyota in Turn 3 on Lap 376. Busch finished 36th, suffering a setback to his hopes of finishing in the top 30 in the regular-season standings. Busch is now 40th, 168 points behind 30th-place Justin Allgaier . FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule All-time premier series wins Rank Driver Wins 1. Richard Petty 200 2. David Pearson 105 3. Jeff Gordon 92 4t. Bobby Allison 84 4t. Darrell Waltrip 84 6. Cale Yarborough 83 7. Dale Earnhardt 76 8. Jimmie Johnson * 74 9. Rusty Wallace 55 10. Lee Petty 54 *Record 10th win at Dover *Becomes fifth driver to win 10 or more at one track, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt, David Pearson, Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip
No. 48 driver would join NASCAR's elite with a 'Monster Mile' victory DOVER, Del. – With six NASCAR Sprint Cup championships and 73 race victories Jimmie Johnson is the most decorated driver of his era. And yet this Sunday, he still stands to elevate his legacy and join the sport's greats in another milestone. Should Johnson , 39, drive his No. 48 Lowe's Pro Services Chevrolet into Dover International Speedway 's Victory Lane in Sunday's FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks, it would he his 10th win at the famed and feared Monster Mile, putting him in elite "double-digit" company. The last person to win 10 races at a single track was the late seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt at Talladega in 2000. Only three others have accomplished the feat – NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (at Daytona; Richmond; Rockingham, North Carolina; Martinsville, Virginia; and North Wilkesboro, North Carolina), Darrell Waltrip (Bristol, Tennessee; Martinsville; and North Wilkesboro) and David Pearson (Darlington, South Carolina). And if that weren't impressive enough, Johnson is only 24 laps shy of leading 3,000 laps at Dover. Should he break that threshold he would be one of only seven drivers in history to lead 3,000 miles at a single track. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon is the only other active driver to hit that mark (at Martinsville). In winning this race last year, Johnson led a dominant 272 laps. "It's crazy for me to have this reality,'' said Johnson , who will start 14th Sunday. "It's nothing that I thought would happen. I'm certainly enjoying the moment while I’m here." Beyond the status in the history books, Johnson has often expressed how genuinely honored he is to have his name alongside the NASCAR legends. He has always spoken reverently about the drivers who came before him and even after all he's accomplished Johnson still seems to be the one humbled by the company he's keeping. "If I was able to accomplish it, I'd just be honored to be in that same situation that had been done by Dale Earnhardt Sr.,'' Johnson said. "I never had the chance to race against him. It's one big empty void that I have in my career. I feel is that I never had a chance to be crashed by him or have a tire mark put on my car, to pass (laughing) or to be passed. That whole experience, I didn't have that opportunity and I so wish that I did.'' Johnson's success at the notoriously challenging Dover one-mile concrete oval is especially impressive. The track is nicknamed the"Monster Mile" for a reason – tight, high-banked and physically demanding. There is little room for error on track or on pit road. And yet Johnson has been good here since day one. Literally. In his 2002 rookie year, Johnson swept both Cup races. And he has shown a propensity to get on a roll. He's won back-to-back races three times. He swept the 2009 races at Dover and has won two of the last three here, finishing third to teammate Gordon last fall. "I go all the way back to my first trip here in an ASA (American Speed Association) car and it was love at first site,'' said Johnson , who won the pole and finished eighth in his very first Dover race in 1999. So why has Johnson been able to master the Monster that has challenged so many others? Interestingly, it's the difficulty that intrigues Johnson , not that the track is necessarily easy for him. "I guess to generalize it, it would be the intensity required to run a lap here,'' Johnson said. "It's hard to say that there is one aspect that I enjoy the most, but just the set of corners from straightaway to straightaway. You kind of work up your bravery, you make it through the corner. "You get it on the next straightaway and you smile like, 'wow that was pretty cool. I'm going to do it again. Here we go.' And you fly though turns three and four and you just end up with that mindset around the track. It's tons of fun.'' Nine trophies no doubt make it more fun. "There are a few tracks where I'm in a really neat position to chase history,'' Johnson said. "Again, it's not a situation I ever thought I'd find myself in, but now that I'm here it's certainly in front me. "It's on my mind and it's something I would love to do." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Comeback allowed Johnson to nab seventh top-three result in last eight races RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings LONG POND, Pa. -- For all the convergence and planetary alignment of factors that seemed to stack up against the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 team Sunday, Jimmie Johnson seemingly managed to turn back each one at Pocono Raceway . Still, a third-place result in spite of the obstacles left him eager for improvement after coming up short. Johnson's rally to the short step of the podium in the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 cemented the No. 48 group's seventh top-three finish in the last eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. But how he got there -- surviving a flat tire, a scrape with the wall, and issues during pre-race inspection -- made the result behind race winner Martin Truex Jr . and runner-up Kevin Harvick all the more impressive. "Yeah, our race ability has been a shining spot for us this year," said Johnson , a three-time Pocono winner. "Today we really didn't have pace for the 78 (Truex) or the 4 (Harvick), so we've got to get to work there. With the damaged car we ran third, missing half the splitter and the right side knocked in, some hard racing on one of those restarts off Turn 3. To get a good result, we overcame a lot today, having to deal with a flat tire, the damage to the car, and then I got to third. "We'll take it. Scrappy day for us, but not the end of the world, either." The issues began early for Johnson and Co. with difficulty getting their entry through pre-race inspection. The No. 48 was presented to the pit-road grid an hour before Sunday's 400-miler but not until after at least one extra trip through the inspection line. Ron Malec, car chief for Hendrick's No. 48, said the issue dealt with measurements slightly outside the laser inspection's tolerances, but indicated that trying to catch Truex's Furniture Row Racing team and Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing outfit was the driving motivation. "You have to get everything you can before the race, and the machine reads certain things and we didn't have a good baseline for the morning or anything," Malec said post-race. "So it read a little high and we adjusted it once and missed it by just a tick. It's just a matter of hitting it right on the number, and you want everything you can for the most advantage you can get from all of those. "It just helps. Guys like the 78 and the 4 are so fast, it's hard to compete with them, so you have to make sure everything's right and we just missed it a little bit." After those issues subsided, Johnson started ninth and was among several drivers caught in a yo-yo effect up and down the leaderboard on widely varying pit-stop strategies. But the six-time series champion faded to the low point of his pendulum just past the halfway mark, when a left-front tire went flat in the 87th of 160 laps. After falling to the tail end of the lead-lap running order, Johnson methodically rallied back into the top 10 before more trouble cropped up. Racing in close quarters with Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth forced his No. 48 and Logano's No. 22 to kiss the outside wall in Turn 3 with 26 laps remaining, causing Johnson to key his in-car radio to say, "Can you thank the 20 (Kenseth) for driving me into the frontstretch wall, please?" Johnson and Kenseth had a calm, civil post-race discussion on pit road about the incident, a run-in that Johnson and Logano shared a laugh about later. "I really don't know what happened," Kenseth said. "I've got to go watch it on TV, but I thought I was under the 22 ( Joey Logano ) and the 48 hit the wall and they said they moved up there or something. I don't know -- I've got to go home and watch it, to be honest with you." Johnson continued to gain ground during a series of late-race restarts, but still lamented the team's performance deficit behind Truex and Harvick. Johnson wound up slightly more than 12 seconds behind Truex, a distant third at the checkered flag; his deficit back from second-place Harvick was almost 11 seconds. Johnson leads the series with four victories already this season, but still remained eager to reverse Sunday's seeming disparity. The mammoth comeback and resulting top-three finish left him encouraged about his team's ability to regain its performance perch. "I think it says that we're doing a good job," Johnson said. "Our car drives good in traffic, which is something I didn't have last year, so I'm very happy to have that. I've had to pass a lot of cars through this first part of the season, from poor qualifying efforts or a flat tire like we had today. "I think we're doing well. We still need more speed, even if we're the fastest car, I'd probably still want more, but to have the 78 and the 4 so far ahead and the speed that Kevin showed in practice and what kind of speed is really in our Hendrick equipment, we've got to keep working. We're not really where we need to be exactly." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule