Rough Start to 2017 Season for Jimmie Johnson

After winning his record tying seventh Cup championship at Homestead in 2016, Jimmie Johnson said the pressure was now off. Yes, he wants to win a record setting eighth Cup title, but to get to seven, the pressure is gone. Unfortunately, that new outlook hasn’t turned into much success. At Daytona, Johnson crashed four times, ruining three race cars during Speedweeks. In the Clash, he crashed twice exiting Turn 4, he would finish 16th out of 17 drivers. In the Duels, he was involved in a crash with Ryan Blaney…

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After Bad Daytona SpeedWeeks, Can Jimmie Johnson Make It 3 In-A-Row at Atlanta on Sunday?

There’s just something about the Texas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway that just suits Jimmie Johnson’s driving style. Johnson, has dominated the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Texas lately and now, you can add Atlanta to that list as well. On Sunday, Johnson will look for his third straight win in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN) as he’s won the last two years in his No. 48 Chevrolet in Atlanta. With Atlanta and Texas being similarly constructed, there’s just something about those two…

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After Quiet 1st Half of the Daytona 500, Big Crashes Steal The Show Over Final 100 Laps

Daytona Beach, Fla – Entering Sunday’s 59th annual Daytona 500, it would have been easy to pick someone from either Team Penske, Hendrick Motorsports or Joe Gibbs Racing to win the season opener at the Daytona International Speedway. After all, someone out of these three camps have won 17 of the last 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races during Daytona Speedweeks. But, by time we got to Lap 150, most of them were already eliminated or at least caught up in a crash at some point in the final…

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David Ragan/Kyle Busch Lead Daytona 500 Practice on Friday

Daytona Beach, Fla – With practice being rained out on Thursday, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers were finally able to hit the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway for the first two practice sessions on Friday afternoon. Today was technically the first practices for Sunday’s 59th annual Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN), as the only other time these cars have been on track outside of last night’s Can-Am Duels, was for Daytona 500 qualifying practice on Saturday afternoon. The big difference though, was Saturday’s session was single car…

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Truex, Buescher, Allmendinger’s Car Fail Inspection, Johnson/Blaney To Go to Backup Cars for Daytona 500

Daytona Beach, Fla – Three cars failed post-race inspection following Thursday’s Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway, disallowing their finishing positions and forcing them to the rear of Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The No. 37 and 47 Chevrolets of Chris Buescher and AJ Allmendinger, both of JTG Daugherty Racing, and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. all failed at the height station.

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Jimmie Johnson Enters 2017’s Daytona 500 With A Lot Less Pressue

Daytona Beach, Fla – Last November, Jimmie Johnson tied Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty with his seventh NASCAR Cup Series championship. You could visually see the weight of his shoulders come off when he hoisted the Cup championship trophy for the seventh time at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. He’s been trying for the last two years to accomplish this feat and has been on the prowl for six years hoping to get there. From 2006-2010, Johnson won five straight titles and had 35 of his 80 career Cup wins come in that…

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For 6th Straight Clash, Jimmie Johnson Crashes Out, Why Hendrick Should Be Alarmed for Daytona 500

Daytona Beach, Fla – Normally, you don’t take much stock from The Clash at Daytona results and use them to figure out how the Daytona 500 would go. Since 2003, the season opening Clash at Daytona has been run under the lights at the Daytona International Speedway. With the Daytona 500 being run during the day, there’s not much to translate over between the two events. But, with this year’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona being rained out on Saturday night and run during the day, we have to…

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