Jimmie Johnson Preps for Richmond as Sprint Cup Takes Weekend off for Easter
The next time the Sprint Cup Series cars will be on the track, it will be in just over one week for the first of two events at Richmond International Raceway. The one mile track that sees both of its races run at night under the lights, has been hit or miss for Johnson in his career.
He has made 18 starts at the series' third shortest track. In those 18 events he has scored just six top-10 finishes, but three of those are wins, as well as a second and a third place finish.
With the good comes the bad though. Johnson has also seen five of his career Richmond starts result in finishes outside the top-30, but in only one of those events was he not running at the finish.
Another statistic that is very uncharacteristic for Johnson is that in 7,203 laps that have been run at Richmond while Johnson has been in the Sprint Cup Series, he has only led 376 of them. That is just barely over five percent.
Nine times, Johnson has started the race at RIR inside the top-10. Of those nine starts, only once did he finish worse than 13th. So, while this track has been one of his weaker ones overall, when he starts near the front, he typically finishes there.
While the next on track action isn't for more than a week, when Johnson goes out for his qualifying lap, that will be a good gauge of what we can expect from him once the green flag waves.
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