NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
17 May
-
17 May
Event finished
20 May
-
20 May
Event finished
23 May
-
24 May
Event finished
27 May
-
28 May
Event finished
31 May
-
31 May
Event finished
07 Jun
-
07 Jun
Event finished
10 Jun
-
10 Jun
Event finished
14 Jun
-
14 Jun
Event finished
21 Jun
-
21 Jun
Event finished
27 Jun
-
27 Jun
Event finished
28 Jun
-
28 Jun
Event finished
05 Jul
-
05 Jul
Event finished
R
Kentucky
12 Jul
-
12 Jul
Race in
5 days
R
02 Aug
-
02 Aug
Next event in
25 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
30 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
37 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
44 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
50 days
R
Darlington III
06 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
60 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
64 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
71 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
79 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
86 days
R
Charlotte III
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
93 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
100 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
107 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
114 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
121 days

Jimmie Johnson ends top ten drought at Fontana

shares
comments
Jimmie Johnson ends top ten drought at Fontana
By:
Mar 19, 2018, 12:19 AM

Jimmie Johnson ends the longest streak of his career finishing outside the top 10 with ninth-place showing in his home state on Sunday.

Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Lowe's for Pros
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Lowe's for Pros
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Lowe's for Pros
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Lowe's for Pros
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Lowe's for Pros
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Lowe's for Pros
Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Lowe's for Pros

Last fall’s seventh-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway seems like an eternity ago for seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, but now things may be turning around for the veteran driver.

Johnson finished ninth at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday to end the longest stretch of his career finishing outside the top 10 , which ended up being 10 consecutive races.

Johnson, who leads all drivers with six Cup wins at Auto Club Speedway, has 17 top-10 finishes in 24 starts at the two-mile track located east of Los Angeles.

Slow improvement

The El Cajon, Calif., native felt the solid finish was the result of his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team improving each week while working with the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

“Yeah, each week we have been getting a little bit better,” said Johnson. “We are definitely not happy with where we are right now but we are seeing the improvements, we have been seeing it internally.  

“We are making the cars drive better and better and we are getting more competitive. So, a strong day for the Lowe’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.  We are not where we want to be, but we are getting closer every week.”

Johnson has had two six-race stretches – in 2016 and 2017 – of finishing outside the top-10 in 584 career NASCAR Cup Series starts, so this latest stretch was not something he or his team was used to.

Luckily for Johnson, the race at Fontana came at the right time - and the right place. The track is also the site of his first career win in 2002.

“It just seemed like we had more durability with that left-side tire on lower tire pressures,” Johnson said.  “I don’t believe we had any issues relative to that and that is something we are always scared of here, especially on green flag stops when those tire pressures are low.  

“We didn’t have that today, but we had some great pit stops, (crew chief) Chad (Knaus) called a great race, and we had a good solid day – so we will take it.”

The situation may only get better as the series heads next weekend to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, where Johnson has won nine times, most among all active drivers.

Next article
Kyle Larson on Harvick wreck: "We were both racing really hard"

Previous article

Kyle Larson on Harvick wreck: "We were both racing really hard"

Next article

Harvick takes blame for crash: "Just a dumb mistake on my part"

Harvick takes blame for crash: "Just a dumb mistake on my part"
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Event Fontana
Location Auto Club Speedway
Drivers Jimmie Johnson
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
Author Tim Southers