SEASON-TO-DATE: After eight NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, Jimmie Johnson owns the highest driver rating with a score of 106 and ranks fifth in the driver standings. His 501 laps led rank second just behind Kevin Harvick (515 laps led).
AT RICHMOND: In 24 Cup starts at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, Johnson has three wins, five top-five finishes and eight top-10s. He has an average finish of 17.3. Johnson has started from the pole position twice at the 0.75-mile oval.
DRIVER RATING: Johnson has the 10th-highest driver rating at Richmond with a score of 88.5 during the past nine years. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
CHASSIS CHOICES: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-832 for this weekend at Richmond. Johnson most recently drove this car to a sixth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in March. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-806, which Johnson most recently raced to a fourth-place result at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2013.
HENDRICK AT RICHMOND: In 60 Cup events (190 starts) at Richmond, Hendrick Motorsports has 10 wins, 51 top-five finishes and 90 top-10s. Gordon leads all active, full-time drivers at the 0.75-mile short track with 16 top-five finishes, 26 top-10s, 1,464 laps led and an average starting position of 7.6. Johnson most recently went to Victory Lane there for the organization on Sept. 7, 2008.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, DRIVER, NO. 48 KOBALT CHEVROLET SS (ON RICHMOND.): “We have struggled a little at Richmond in the past so we hope this time around will be a better race as a whole for us. We’ve had fast race cars; our pit stops have been good and have been close to winning. Even though we haven’t won, it’s still a confidence booster that we are running well. The off-weekend was great for everyone, especially my guys, to recharge their batteries so we will be ready to roll at Richmond.”
CHAD KNAUS, CREW CHIEF, NO. 48 KOBALT CHEVROLET SS (ON RICHMOND.): “It’s a challenging weekend to say the least. We practice and qualify on Friday during the day, and then we come back and race Saturday night so it’s a challenging schedule for sure. The track is very temperature sensitive and during the day the groove is really wide, and then when the temperature drops at night the groove gets narrow so it’s hard to pass. Richmond has been hot and cold for the No. 48 team. We have had some success and also had some terrible performances. The majority of the races we have won have been when we came back from a rain delay situation and raced on Sundays.”