Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet team have made a real effort not to press the panic button this season in looking to restore the operation to a more familiar front-of-the-pack existence and to snap Johnson’s career longest 29-race streak without a victory.
Johnson is the defending winner of Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 and also of next week’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
If statistics can provide promise, then Johnson may find some solace in Fort Worth.
His seven race wins is the all-time best mark. In 29 starts he has 15 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. Five times he’s finished second. He’s the all-time leader in laps led (1,041) and boasts a top-10 career average in both finish (8.8) and starting position (9.4).