Jimmie Johnson feels at home at Fontana

March, 23, 2012
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There is no team with more momentum in Sprint Cup than the 48 squad, with most of that coming from off the track.
Jimmie Johnson
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Jimmie Johnson and company won their final appeal earlier this week, meaning he gets his 25 points back, and jumps from 17th to 11th in the standings. That puts Johnson just two points back of 10th.

He’s been impressive on the track as well. After a disappointing Daytona 500, Johnson has reeled off three straight top-10 finishes.

Now, Johnson heads home (he's from southern California) to arguably his strongest track, Fontana. He leads all active drivers at Auto Club Speedway in: wins (5); top 5s (12); laps led (849); and average finish (5.1).

Johnson’s average running position in his last 13 starts at Fontana is 5.4, nearly four positions better than the next-closest driver (Matt Kenseth, 9.1).

Johnson consistently puts himself in a better position to win than any other driver at Fontana. In the last 13 races at the track, 95.5 percent of his laps run have been inside the top 15. No other driver has a higher percentage than 82.7 in that span.

A Johnson win would mark a historical occasion as well. His team, Hendrick Motorsports, is seeking its 200th Cup victory, a milestone only Petty Enterprises (268 wins) has reached. Hendrick has won a record nine Cup races at California, and will likely be the team to beat Sunday.

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