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Lowe's Motor Speedway was known as Jimmie Johnson's "house" for many years but the two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has been going through a bit of a drought at the 1.5-mile track.

Johnson is going on two years without a win at the Charlotte speedway with his last victory coming in the 2006 edition of the all-star race.

He has seven total wins at LMS, five Sprint Cup wins and two trips to victory lane in the all-star race.

But lately he's been coming up short with three runnerup finishes including coming home second in last year's all-star race.

“It has been very good to us for a few years,” Johnson said. “Last year, we had the speed, and I think we finished second. I ran well in both races, but we didn’t have that dominating fashion that we did before.”

Johnson hopes to bounce back into the win column Saturday night in the 24th edition of the all-star race but will have to do it from the 21st starting spot.

A botched qualifying run Friday night saddled Johnson with a rear of the field starting position, however he feels he has the car = and the experience - to get to the front of the field in a hurry even though LMS has changed the last couple years.

“But the tricks that used to work here for me, aren’t here anymore," Johnson said. "They have resurfaced the track a few times, it is just not the same Charlotte that we had such a good feel for. But I still think we are going to be in the hunt.”

A good run Saturday night would help Johnson and the No. 48 team build some momentum heading into the next series points race Memorial Day weekend when the circuit returns to Lowe's for the Coca-Cola 600.

“Texas was great for us,” said Johnson about his recent performances. "Darlington, we started off the weekend a little slow, gained some speed. Unfortunately I wiped out some cars in the process."

“At Darlington we don’t have the result to show for the progress we made. I look back at Darlington and look at the mistake I made during the race and tapped the wall. My teammates ran well, so I think the speeds we saw at Darlington, even though it is a smaller track, the speeds showed we are making progress on the mile-and-a-half tracks.”

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