48 JIMMIE JOHNSON, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: After two weeks in fifth place, Jimmie Johnson dropped one position and into a tie for sixth with Joey Logano. Both drivers trail points leader Jeff Gordon by 124 points (Johnson was 89 points behind Gordon prior to Pocono), are nine points behind fifth-ranked Ryan Newman and lead eighth-ranked Carl Edwards by 15 points.
WATKINS GLEN RECORD: 12 career starts, 0 wins, 4 top-5s, 7 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: Third in 2007 and 2012. Finished eighth in this race last year and third in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Watkins Glen is one of the few tracks Johnson has yet to win a race at. He hopes to change that this Sunday: "Watkins Glen is one of the four tracks I've not won a race at in my career. It's a great race, lots of strategy plays out, and it would be nice to check that one off the list this year. I like going there, the area is beautiful and we usually enjoy a good group bike ride on Saturday after the garage closes. After last weekend at Pocono, we need a good solid finish."
LOOKING BACK: Johnson had one of his worst showings of the 2014 season, finishing 39th this past Sunday at Pocono due to a wreck on Lap 111.
ETC.: Johnson has completed just 93.8 percent (1,017) of 1,084 total laps in 12 career starts at Watkins Glen. His average start there is an outstanding 7.2 and his average finish is 12.8. He has one DNF there.