To think that Jimmie Johnson has already won five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships before making 400 career starts…it’s mind boggling. However, not impossible as Johnson has done just that.
This Sunday’s 55th annual Daytona 500 will be a milestone start for Jimmie Johnson. It will be his 400th career start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Johnson joined the Sprint Cup Series and Hendrick Motorsports in 2002 and made an immediate impact when he sat on the pole in his very first race, ironically enough the Daytona 500.
At Daytona he has one win, six top-5 finishes and nine top-10 finishes in twenty-two starts. His only win at Daytona came in the 2006 Daytona 500. Johnson hasn’t had much luck with Daytona in the past several seasons.
Sunday will be his 23rd career start in a points qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway.
Hendrick Motorsports reports that his average start is 9.6 and average finish is 19.0. They also report that Johnson has completed 3,536 of 3,865 laps (91.5%) and led 60 laps in 22 starts at Daytona.
Johnson will start 11th in the first of two Budweiser Duel races to determine his final starting position for the Daytona 500.
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