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Jimmie Johnson Eager to Crush the Competition When the Bank of America 500 Returns
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson is no stranger to crushing the competition at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tuesday, the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway's winningest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver took that to a whole new level when he traded in his 800-horsepower stock car for a World War II tank.
"I have made references to how bad my race car is driving and it driving like a tank. Today I will find out if it's true," Johnson joked before climbing aboard. "It's usually relative to our car not turning sharp enough and from our debriefing earlier, it doesn't turn very sharp."
After a few laps around the infield, Johnson rode over two cars emblazoned with the numbers of several of his Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship competitors before offering his take on what it's really like to drive a tank.
"The comparison's fair," Johnson said of driving the 75,000-pound battle-tested beast. "They don't turn very well. I just feel bad that I tore up the grass so bad."
When the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion returns to Charlotte for the fifth race in the Chase, he'll be back behind the wheel of his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, where he'll look gain critical momentum heading into the Chase's home stretch.
"When we get to Charlotte - granted the format is far different now - but you usually have an idea of who the players are. We'll have a good idea of who's showing strength," Johnson said. "I want another win sticker. This has been a great track for me over the years. It has changed a lot. The surface in May was finally starting to lose its grip. We have a lot of little bumps building around the race track which over the next few years will turn into big bumps and allow us to move around the race track and find some different lines."
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