Crunching The Numbers: Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson – #48 Hendrick Motorsports Lowes Chevrolet

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Standings: 10th
Points: 1,155
Bonus Points: 31

  • 17.22% of total possible bonus points

Starts: 36
Wins: 5
Poles: 1
DNFs: 2
Top 5s: 14
Top 10s: 22
Top 15s: 26


Best Finish: 1st – 5 Times

  • Race 2: Folds Of Honor Quiktrip 500 – Atlanta
  • Race 7: Duck Commander 500 – Texas
  • Race 11: SpongeBob SquarePants 400 – Kansas
  • Race 13: Fedex 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks – Dover
  • Race 34: AAA Texas 500 – Texas

Best Start: 2nd (Race 35: Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 – Phoenix)

Average Finish: 12.78 (8th best)

Average Start: 12.08 (10th best)


Laps Run: 10,207 (12th best)

  • 97.91% of total possible season laps

Miles Driven: 13,539 (10th most)

  • 97.95% of total possible miles

Laps Led: 558 (8th most)

  • 5.35% of total possible season laps

Jimmie Johnson’s Finishes

Johnson 3What can one say about Jimmie Johnson? Outside of the fact he is always a championship favorite, he knows how to win, knows how to be consistent, and just knows how to get the job done when it counts most. After all, a man with 6 championships to his name should be able to handle any pressure that comes his way. Johnson is no stranger to winning multiple times during a season, and notching his first victory rather quickly; this season was no exception. His first victory came in the form of the Daytona Budwesier Duel; but his first points victory came only a few short weeks later during the 2nd race of the season at Atlanta Motorspeedway. With this victory, Johnson all but assured himself a place in the Chase, and yet again, another chance at hoisting the Championship trophy at the season’s end. During the winter and into the summer, Johnson racked up 3 more victories, locking himself in the Chase for sure. His regular season average finish was 12.12, 0 DNFs, and 4 victories; I would say that is one heck of a season thus far.

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Entering the Challenger Round did just that for Johnson; brought a challenge not customary for the 48 team. With just an OK run at Chicagoland followed by a great run at Loudon, Johnson seemed well on his way to the Contender Round with Dover, one of his best (if he the best) tracks, standing in the way. With his multiple victories, poles, and top 5s at Dover, Johnson was a lock to advance. And then, something went horribly wrong. An engine. An inexpensive engine part decided it did not need to function properly. An inexpensive engine part ruined not only Johnson’s day at Dover International Speedway but also knocked him out of the Chase. An average Challenger Round finish of 19.33 is far beyond what the 48 team expected, and for the first time, they were defeated before things really got going. The following week at Charlotte Motorspeedway just added a bit more sting to the burn with another engine failure; after going all season with no DNFs, Johnson found himself out of the Chase with back to back DNFs at tracks he dominates. But have no fear Johnson fans, for Johnson found his stride and with 3 races left in the season, he found victory lane once again. Even though his Chase hopes were dashed, winning was not. Finishing 10th in the points is not anywhere near the expectations of this team, nor a Chase average finish of 16.38, but that does not hold this team down and they should still be considered Championship favorites in 2016. With 4 of his 5 victories coming from Intermediate tracks, Johnson is always a threat there, and everywhere else he goes. Never count the 48 out even when they are down for they always find a way to prevail.


Jimmie Johnson’s Finishes By Track Type


Type Starts Avg. Finish Avg. Start Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 15s DNF
Intermediate 14 14.50 12.79 4 5 8 9 1
Restrictor Plate 4 6.75 5.50 0 3 3 3 0
Road Course 2 8.00 11.00 0 0 2 2 0
Short Track 10 12.30 14.90 1 5 6 8 1
Super Speedway 6 15.17 10.50 0 1 3 4 0


Although the season did not end the way many were hoping, especially for Jimmie Johnson, he had another successful year with multiple victories and made the Chase. Being the only driver to make the Chase every single season is a great accomplishment in itself and rest assured, we will see the 48 back in the Chase in 2016 and contending for another championship. Congratulations Jimmie Johnson for another fantastic season!

Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
Location: Florida (Jersey native, born and raised)

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