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Johnson's sights set on first Michigan win

BROOKYLN, Mich. (Aug. 18, 2007) – There are only four races until the start of the “Chase for the Championship” and Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson currently sits seventh in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series standings.

With four wins, 11 top-fives and 13 top-10 finishes so far this season, Johnson continues to have a positive outlook on the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet team’s chances of making the Chase.

“We have been performing well, but until the last two weeks we have had some crazy bad luck and really didn’t have the finishes we wanted during the summer months,” Johnson said. “We are certainly not happy in seventh, but with the way the Chase works this year—the seeding process and all that—we just have to focus on transferring and then we will be towards the top if not tied for the top.”

As the NEXTEL Cup circuit travels to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, Johnson’s stats at the track include three top-10 finishes in 11 starts. His career-best result came in 2004, when he finished fourth.

Furthermore, Johnson has completed 2,007 of 2,129 laps at the two-mile oval and owns an average starting spot of 11.20 and average finish of 15.9.

“I love Michigan,” Johnson said. “There are so many lanes to choose from, and from a driver’s perspective that’s what makes a track fun.  If you aren’t happy with how you are getting through a turn you go find another place on the track. That’s what leads to side-by-side racing and that’s what the fans like to see as well.”

Crew chief Chad Knaus and the No. 48 Lowe’s team have selected Chassis No. 359 for Johnson to drive this weekend at Michigan. The car won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year and Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.

The NEXTEL Cup race at Michigan International Speedway will air live Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

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