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Can Johnson rebound from 2014 disappointments? RELATED: Complete schedule for driver previews Team: Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet Rank in final 2014 standings: 11th Wins: 4 (Charlotte in May; Dover in June, Michigan in June; Texas in November) Year in photos: Johnson's 2014 highlights Strides: In a testament to Johnson's sustained level of success for the bulk of his career, going winless for the first 11 races of 2014 was viewed as something more than a minor slump. But after his fourth Coca-Cola 600 triumph in May, Johnson capitalized for a torrid stretch as springtime drew to a close. The run of three victories in four races came at venues where he's dominated -- seven career wins at Charlotte, nine at Dover -- but it also crossed a track off the short list of speedways where he had never won -- Michigan. After posting his third straight win in the fall at Texas Motor Speedway , Johnson reached a career milestone with victory No. 70 in NASCAR's premier series. Setbacks: Despite the four victories, Johnson and Co. lacked the bulletproof aura that carried the No. 48 team to six Sprint Cup championships, leading to his lowest finish in the series standings in his 13-year career. A stretch of three crashes in four races during the summer halted any momentum from May and June, and Johnson led laps in just two events during a 15-race span including the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Johnson made it through the first elimination phase in the new-look postseason format, but saw his hopes for a record-tying seventh series title fizzle after three subpar finishes in the Contender Round. Though the four wins matched the impressive tallies posted by Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr ., being left out of the championship conversation left a sour taste. "I don't have a clue, or else we would've fixed it," Johnson said. "At times, we felt like, 'Man, we found it, we got it,' and then other times, it seemed so far away. We know our cars are capable of going fast. We look at the performance the 24 (Gordon) had all year and then obviously the 4 car (series champ Kevin Harvick ). We've got the same stuff as those boys, so just getting the ingredients right and getting the feel that I need in the car is key. Again, we had some high spots in the year where I really felt like we were onto it, and then unfortunately we couldn't maintain it as consistently as we needed to." Quoteworthy: "We have plenty of issues. We're like a married couple. Every married couple's got issues," Johnson said with a laugh about his occasional squabbles with crew chief Chad Knaus over two-way communications. "Without a doubt, we weren't happy. We weren't happy with our performances and unfortunately, it gets aired out over the radio at times, but Chad and I are committed to one another and I can promise that there's still going to be more animated conversations on the radio -- that's just the way it works in our group. Nothing to freak out over, nothing to worry about. We'll get geared up and try to win another championship next year." What's next: Johnson and Knaus both return to the No. 48 camp in 2015, keeping one of the longest-running driver/crew chief combinations in the sport intact. Johnson said he hoped his team would be able to adapt to 2015's rule changes more rapidly than it did to 2014's, but the crew will also need to adjust to shifts within the organization. Kenny Francis moves over from his longtime role as Kasey Kahne 's crew chief to the new position of vehicle technical director, serving as the primary go-between for the operation's crew chiefs and vehicle group. The transition may help shore up the loss of expert engineer Rex Stump, who joined Stewart-Haas Racing in the offseason. The one adjustment Johnson hopes to avoid? Getting used to being far-removed from the head table at the NASCAR Champion's Week awards banquet. "I lived the season, I knew our peaks and valleys, but to come here to the awards and be reminded of it all again, it's an eye-opening event and it certainly kind of kicked me in the rear -- not that I need the motivation," Johnson said during the annual Las Vegas gala in December. "Again, it's very deep inside me and is there, but maybe it just shows we're a little mortal as well. We've had such an amazing run over the years. (In 2013) when we won the championship, we'd won half the championships we entered so that's a pretty rare situation. Very thankful for those opportunities but I want a few more." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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
Jimmie Johnson celebrates his fourth win of 2014 after holding off multiple Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.
Eighth-place finisher at Richmond spent over an hour in infield care center RELATED: Play Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize RICHMOND, Va. -- Six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson took five liters of intravenous fluid after a hot Saturday night of racing at Richmond International Raceway , spending more than an hour in the infield care center with a case of severe dehydration. Johnson exited the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet under his own power after his eighth-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400, but slumped against the car before resting on his back on pit road. He stood again, complaining of cramping and dizziness, but leaned against the car until crew members assisted him to a medical cart. Johnson arrived at the care center at 10:45 p.m. ET and was treated and released shortly after midnight. After his stay, he said the bout with illness came on as a surprise. "Yeah, there is something that went wrong today," Johnson said in his brief remarks. "It could have been my own nutrition plan. I felt like I came in plenty hydrated. We will have to make sure that all the fans and stuff were working in the car. I was warm at the midway point and didn't feel like my helmet fan was working. That could definitely cause an issue." Fellow Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. , parked behind him for post-race interviews, saw Johnson in poor health and went to assist him. After Johnson exited the medical facility, Earnhardt stopped by to jokingly offer his teammate some chocolate milk. "He needs to go get some fluids," Earnhardt said in an earlier post-race interview. "It was super-hot tonight. I thought I might have some trouble with it because I had a sinus cold all week. … He is the most fit guy in this series and he must have something going on -- something that didn't agree with him today that he ate or drank. He's always really prepared and invests a lot into being hydrated properly and having all the right things in his body to go racing. I’m a little worried about that. I'm sure he'll be fine in 20 or 30 minutes when they get some fluids in him." Johnson , a three-time winner this year and among the highest seeds in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs, was scheduled to compete in the Lake Davidson Sprint Triathlon on Sunday morning in North Carolina for the last of four legs in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation's Wellness Challenge. While he said he plans to attend, he has ruled out participating. The next task at hand will be resting up for the first round of the Chase, which comes Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway , the first of 10 battles in Johnson's quest for a record-tying seventh title in NASCAR's premier series. But first, Johnson said he'll investigate what went wrong in the regular-season finale. "I haven't been sick," Johnson said. "I had a light week of training as well because I had planned on competing in my triathlon tomorrow morning. Well-rested, nutrition and all that was there. It is really bizarre that I got hit as hard as I did tonight with dehydration. I will have to dig in and see what happened." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
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
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 was taken to the Richmond International Raceway infield care center to be treated for dehydration following the Federated Auto Parts 400.
Jimmie Johnson stands on his car with triumphant hands in the air after losing his brakes and hitting the wall head on at over 90 mph at Watkins Glen International in 2000.