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Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports - Q&A

Hendrick Motorsports' Jimmie Johnson talks about how he clinched his eighth Martinsville Speedway victory on Sunday.
Race winner Jimmie Johnson answered questions at the official post-race press conference following his victory at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

Q:
Let's hear from our race winning team, today's 64th annual STP Gas Booster 500 here at Martinsville Speedway. Our race winner is Jimmie Johnson. He drove the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. He's joined up here by his team owner Rick Hendrick. This is Jimmie's 62nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. This is his eighth win at Martinsville Speedway. That's third all-time in the history of the sport.

For Hendrick Motorsports it's their 20th win at Martinsville Speedway, most of any organization in the history of the sport. Not only do you guys win, but you make history. Congratulations on that today. Chad Knaus, crew chief has joined us, as well.

Jimmie, we had the conversation Friday about winning that eighth clock, and certainly you put the hammer down and went after it and got it.

Jimmie Johnson:
Yeah, we had a great weekend and I know that the stats clearly show that. But probably the most calm, relaxed thought-out weekend that we've had as the #48, and mature weekend we've had. We really fell back on our experience and stayed committed to that, and Friday was easier to stay committed because qualifying trim, Chad and Dave and everybody gave me just a way fast race car.

Made that easy, but as we got into Saturday and race practice, this track can play some games with you, and there were times where we could put up a fast lap but we didn't have what we thought - it wouldn't look competitive compared to other guys on track and guys adjusting their cars to the current conditions.

We stuck to our game plan and knew what we wanted to have in the race and stayed patient, and it was tough to do at times, but it certainly worked out well.

And in the race, we had to adjust on the fly. The track changed more than we thought it would, and Chad put some great changes under the car. It's kind of the time when the #18 and the #20 got to us, and we were able to get our car dialed in. I'm not sure where they went following that, but and the #15 and #24 showed up and I still had my hands full.

Just a very well executed race, or I should say weekend, and clearly the race today, by the whole #48 team.

Q:
Jimmie, what was going through your mind after that red flag came out? It had to be a little bit anxious with Clint on your tail there.

Jimmie Johnson:



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