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48 Team Chases 8th Victory in Texas



Jimmie Johnson is no stranger to success at Texas Motor Speedway. In 28 career starts, he has 7 wins, 21 top 10s, and 9,129 laps led. He leads in every stat at Texas. This weekend, an 8th Texas win would secure Johnson into the Championship 4 at Homestead.

Prior to last year’s AAA Texas 500, Johnson had won the Texas Playoff race in 4-straight years. Also, he won the spring Texas race in 2015, as well as earlier this season.

In April, Johnson led 35 laps en route to his Texas victory. This win was his first of 2017, and 81st of his career. Looking solely at the stats, Johnson would be regarded a favorite for this weekend. But not so fast.

Can Johnson Pull off a Clutch Texas Win?

While the 48 winning this weekend is not impossible, it is seemingly unlikely as of now. The ‘summer slump’ the 48 team has been characterized by has followed them into the Playoffs. Through 7 Playoff races, Johnson has only 3 top 10s and 24 laps led. His team has been lacking speed on mile-and-a-half racetracks, so an 8th Texas win is looking tougher for the 48.

However, Johnson’s 2016 Playoffs were eerily similar. While he has 2 wins this time 1 year ago, many overlooked the 48 as a serious title threat. Nobody needs to be reminded how Johnson pulled off the miracle victory in Homestead. This win secured Johnson’s record-tying 7th championship.

To put it briefly, it will be a surprise if Johnson wins Texas. Beating the lightning fast cars of Truex and Busch is a herculean effort that the 48 team has not done since June. However, 2016 should have taught all of us to never count out team 48.

Be sure to tune in to see if Jimmie Johnson can win his 8th Texas race! The AAA Texas 500 will be live from Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 5. Coverage can be found on NBC, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 at 2 PM EST. This will mark the second race of the Round of 8, as 7 drivers gun for 3 spots left in the Homestead Championship 4.