With five wins in 12 starts, Jimmie Johnson considers Lowe’s Motor Speedway his personal playground.
But he heads into Saturday night’s race winless in his last three starts at Lowe’s – a drought by Johnson’s standards.
Still, Johnson never counts himself out, and starts second in his bid to get back to Victory Lane.
“I’m very excited to come here, and I get on track with confidence, knowing it’s a place that works for me,” he said. “We’ve been able to build our setups and have a good baseline and advance them every time we get here.”
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Johnson has been solid through the first four Chase races, but lost last week at Talladega when teammate Jeff Gordon passed him on the last lap. Gordon took over the lead in the standings, but is just nine points up over Johnson.
Johnson said he’s not stressed yet about the standings.
“I’m just trying to be relaxed about it,” he said. “There’s no sense in putting more pressure on myself or the team coming in, there’s already plenty of that in the air.”