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CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson is no stranger to success at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With a NASCAR Cup Series record eight wins at the track under his belt at the track, including four in the 600-mile race, Johnson will battle for his next victory Sunday night.  

Thursday, the driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS shared his thoughts on the team’s past success in the 600.

“I just like a gritty race and a race that you have to grind it out and the 600 is all of that,” he said. “So, I really think that leads into a large part of our success and then there are just some tracks that the topography and the flow of the track and what you experience inside of the car that fit you.”

Johnson’s most recent win at Charlotte was last October during the 2016 playoffs. His last 600 victory came in 2014.

Last weekend, Johnson had a strong run at the All-Star Race, finishing third, which gives him confidence as the race weekend approaches.  

“I’m definitely excited to come to this track,” he said. “I think in general, knowing we had such a competitive run in the All-Star Race and to have a great place to build from and work from brings a lot of optimism.”

After a busy week in Charlotte including voting on the Hall of Fame inductees and being honored by Speedway Children’s Charities, Johnson is enjoying himself.

“There’s just a lot of good stuff going on in life,” he shared. “As I get older, I’m learning how to balance it all and balance the professional life and personal life and all is in a good space right now.”

Watch Johnson and his teammates take on 600 miles under the lights Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on FOX.