Martinsville Maven: Johnson Attempts To Reclaim Winning Ways At Southern Virginia Short Track

Jimmie JohnsonFresh off his 77th career victory (Auto Club), which vaulted him past Dale Earnhardt for sole possession of seventh on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins list, Jimmie Johnson heads to Martinsville Speedway where history suggests he’s one of the favorites to notch his 78th career win.

The No. 48 Chevrolet driver ranks first among active drivers at Martinsville in wins (8), top fives (18), top 10s (22), average finish (6.9), average running position (8.0), driver rating (118.4), average green flag speed (91.629 mph) and laps led (2,746). His last win at the Virginia short track came in spring of 2013 – five races ago.

Johnson can continue to climb the all-time wins list at a quick pace. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion trails sixth-place Cale Yarbrough (83 wins) by a mere six wins, and fourth-place Bobby Allison (84) and Darrell Waltrip (84) by only seven wins.