Get Out The Brooms: Johnson Looks To Sweep Michigan
After 24 tries, Jimmie Johnson shook the monkey off his back, outpacing pole-winner Kevin Harvick by 1.214 seconds to coast to his first victory in his 25th start at Michigan in June.
The six-time series champion logged his 69th win and only has four courses on the circuit left to triumph: Chicagoland Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Watkins Glen.
Those tracks will have to wait. This weekend, Johnson will attempt to be the first driver to sweep Michigan in 18 years since Bobby Labonte achieved the feat in 1995. Furthermore, a win at Michigan would mark the 13th sweep of his career.
Before Johnson thinks of pulling out the brooms though, he must overcome some recent struggles. Following a scorching stretch in which he won three-of-four races beginning with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, he has failed to log a top-five finish since and has placed worse than 39th in three of his last five races. At Watkins Glen last weekend, Johnson finished 28th.
Despite his struggles, the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS driver’s three wins put him in a three-way tie for first in the series. The six-time series champion has the sixth-highest driver rating (99.7) and the most laps led on the series (1,014).
“We have had some really bad luck these past few weeks. I’m looking forward to getting back on track this weekend. The team needs a good run and I really like the track in Michigan – it’s in Chevrolet’s back yard – and it would be nice to get a sweep.”