During the Hall of Fame worthy livelihood, great Fridays have turned in to good for Johnson, including seven victories into his NASCAR Cup Series career at Texas Motor Speedway.
This weekend, Johnson was fastest in Friday’s lone exercise session, won each round of qualifying and also the rod for Sunday’SO ’Reilly 500 and had the fastest average speed in Saturday’s final practice among those drivers that ran at least 10 consecutive laps.
At the hey day of the career, no one would bet against another win being the likely next step, but these really are various days for Johnson.
He is immersed into a career-worst 65-race winless series, having not scored a victory since winning at Dover, Del., in spring 20 17.
While Hendrick Motorsports has struggled with performance in general in recent seasons, the victory drought shines brightest on Johnson, simply as a result of his record-tying seven series championships and 83 career Cup successes.
One week after struggling at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway — certainly one of the most prosperous tracks — it seems Johnson might have sharply turned the corner.
“& I ’m grateful to have only raw speed in the car and I think it’s that. “I think at Las Vegas we had a car capable of performing well on Friday and we all got in race conditions and filthy atmosphere and we didn’t possess exactly what we needed.
“The job that went into these cars along with the work that’s gone right into, honestly the last 36 weeks; and we’re not out of the woods yet. But this can be a very good weekend for all of us to really build within our 1.5-mile app. ”
Winning the rod is no little matter for Johnson, who has struggled at times in qualifying within his livelihood. In fact, this weekend’s blot at Texas is the first as the 20-16 season even though it’s the 3-6 th of the own livelihood.
“It’so crazy that I have had so many more race wins than poles. Fridays and seeking to squeeze that half of tenth (of a second) hasn’t been my own strength as a driver,” he said.
“It’s ever been racing along with other drivers … but to keep chipping away at it’s quite cool and that one came in a very important moment for our organization and my rushing needed a great shot from the arm. ”
Johnson’s No. 4-8 team participate from the preseason test at Las Vegas in late January with the new aero package and came out quite supported.
Regrettably, as the growing season has started, his very best finish from the three races which predominately showcased the bundle was 17th at Automobile Club Speedway.
Once the West Coast swing was over, HMS went to work to get adjustments from what they heard in the early-season races. Up to now, that job has translated in to speed on the track.
“I feel as though Atlanta was the course which was kind of the outlier; but Vegas really was the first actual test in my own opinion. And what we’d there didn’t work and we’re completely distinct here,” Johnson said.
“” We have the race in front folks. We’ll see where that stands outside. But our struggles have been highly frustrating simply because of the attempt that’s gone right into it. Happily we’re owning a car shine on certain weeks and then we ’re prepared to learn out of that in order to find our way. ”