Found March 01, 2013 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
Dickies_500_d508
 “FIVE TIME” IN THE GREAT CLIPS NO. 5 - Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion and last week’s Daytona 500 winner, Jimmie Johnson, takes the reins of the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), marking his sixth race in a JR Motorsports Chevrolet and first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start since 2011. In his five previous starts for the organization, Johnson earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes. TAXSLAYER ON BOARD WITH SMITH - JR Motorsports cornerstone partner, TaxSlayer.com, moves to Regan Smith’s No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at PIR. After a fourth-place finish with Dale Earnhardt Jr. last week at Daytona, Smith carries the TaxSlayer.com colors in his third start for JRM and fifth NNS start at PIR. JOHNSON’S MOST RECENT RACE FOR JRM - Johnson’s last turn in JRM’s No. 5 Chevrolet was a memorable one, coming at Watkins Glen International in 2011. After being relegated to 20th following a pair of early pit road penalties, Johnson wheeled his way to third in time for a green-white-checkered restart. He made quick work of the second position with a three-wide pass in turn one, but ran out of laps to muster a charge at the top spot. PHOENIX INTEL - Although limited in NNS experience at PIR, Johnson’s Sprint Cup statistics at the one-mile facility are quite impressive. In 19 starts, he has notched four wins, 12 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. With one pole to his credit, Johnson has an average finish of 6.7, and remarkably has led 931 laps. YOU WOULD NEVER GUESS - Johnson has 62 career Sprint Cup victories (eighth all-time behind Dale Earnhardt’s 76) but has only one Nationwide Series win. That lone victory came at Chicagoland Speedway on July 14, 2001, in the No. 92 Chevrolet for Stanley Herzog. DIRTY MO RADIO UNVEILED - Dirty Mo Radio, an online home for radio-style podcasts centrally themed around NASCAR’s 10-time most popular driver, embarks on its second week broadcasting The Dale Jr. Download. A weekly podcast that recaps Earnhardt Jr.’s previous race with behind-the-scenes insight from team members, media and family, The Dale Jr. Download is hosted by popular North Carolina radio personality Taylor Zarzour. It airs every Monday throughout the NASCAR season. Dirty Mo Radio will be based at Earnhardt Jr.’s official site, www.DaleJr.com, but its podcasts will also be available free-ofcharge on common podcasting outlets such as iTunes. REGAN SMITH ON PHOENIX: “It’s going to be a lot of fun going to Phoenix with our TaxSlayer.com Chevy. I think these next four or five weeks are important weeks for our season, and for working towards our championship goals. I feel 100 percent confident with how fast our race cars are going to be in Phoenix. We had a real fast car in Daytona. I know the things we learned in testing, and what we are working on, and I’m excited about them. The way I look at it, Phoenix is kind of the start to the season. Daytona is its own animal, so when you get to Phoenix you start to see who the contenders are. “It’s awesome to have Jimmie as a teammate this weekend. He’s always there to help out, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do on the track.” JIMMIE JOHNSON ON PHOENIX: “I think that I should run well. My goal is to get more experience on the track. It will be fun, for starters. I always have fun when I get to drive for Junior. I get to see my old friend, Greg Ives, and some other familiar faces on the team. “I’m excited to work with Regan. He has been really good in those Nationwide cars. Hopefully I can polish my skills and get my second win in the Nationwide Series.”
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Dale Earnhardt drank prune juice during the offseason to drop weight

A few months ago, Dale Earnhardt Jr. noticed that his metabolism wasn't quite as good as it used to be. So, Earnhardt decided to take action.The 38-year-old NASCAR driver credits losing 15-20 pounds during the offseason thanks in part to a 15-day detox diet.The diet, which Earnhardt said he learned through a friend, only permitted chicken, fish, and steamed vegetables as the...

Dale Jr. is watching his figure

Before the rumors start that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is juicing - let's not get lost in translation. Think of it more as a dietary cleanse. At 38, Junior is just attempting to regain - and maintain - his boyish figure. Last October he was tipping the scales at 190 pounds. Now, the driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy SS is weighing in around 175. "A buddy of mine...

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Subway Fresh Fit 500 Race Preview

NATIONAL GUARD YOUTH CHALLENGE: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will attend the National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe dinner Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The event pays tribute to the National Guard for its efforts to curb the nation’s dropout rate through an evidence-based program that gives individuals who have dropped out of school a second chance at earning a high school diploma or GED. POINTS...

Earnhardt passes big test after wreck

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he passed a big test by racing in the Daytona 500 after a hard crash during the Nationwide Series race the day before. Earnhardt missed the final two races in 2012 after suffering post-concussion symptoms and had his health tested during a last-lap crash in the Daytona Nationwide race last Saturday. The crash occurred when leader Regan Smith attempted to...

Danica aces Daytona; bring on Phoenix

By Jeff Hammond FOXSports.com Regardless of the fact that she is a female and that she is a rookie, when it comes to analyzing Danica Patricks Daytona 500 performance, you grade her by the same criteria you would Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and the other Sprint Cup drivers. Lets be clear, Danica did a good job. She came to Daytona and took advantage of a very...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.