Phoenix Dominance For Johnson
April 17, 2009 | 9:28 A.M. EST
The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion won the second PIR visit of the 2007 season and swept both races at the one-mile desert track a year ago.
That success has obviously made Phoenix one of Johnson's favorites on the schedule.
"We've just been able to get the car comfortable for me, and I've just been able to get around the track," Johnson said. "During a race, there's a lot that can go on at a short track like Phoenix, and having a good pit stall and good pit stops is important, too."
Johnson comes into Saturday night's eighth race of the season trailing teammate Jeff Gordon in the point standings. He could close some ground on the top spot with another PIR win, but doesn't put too much stock in past performance knowing that what's in the past doesn't always mean much.
"I don't really go into a race thinking about stats," he said. "It is pretty cool that we've had some good runs lately at Phoenix. The last win gave us some good momentum going into Homestead.
"Don't get me wrong, a win is always a big deal and never easy, and winning four in a row somewhere like Phoenix would certainly be special, but it's not something that I’m really thinking about a lot."
Johnson can't completely identify why things have gone his way in recent years at Phoenix but won't question whatever has worked to get him to victory lane in three consecutive races.
"There's not really anything I can put my finger on," Johnson said. "I know that's a popular question, wanting to know why a driver does well at a certain track. I think something just clicks with certain drivers at certain places."