Johnson Eyes Victory Return

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It may be hard for some to believe but Jimmie Johnson hasn't been in victory lane for nearly a month.

The four-time Sprint Cup Series champion does have three victories in the first seven races of the season but hasn't taken a checkered flag since his first career win at Bristol Motor Speedway back on March 21st.

For a guy who wins races at a torrid pace, that's a little bit of a drought.

But the Hendrick Motorsports driver will look to change that Sunday when the series visits Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung Mobile 500.

Johnson has made 13 Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway, where he has earned one win, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

There will be a new wrinkle this weekend at the 1.5-mile track with the debut of the Sprint Cup car's rear spoiler. Despite testing, Johnson is still unsure what impact the blade will have on the car.

"I think that the lead car in qualifying we won't see a lot of difference," Johnson said. "But there is still a lot to be learned with the car in traffic. Even though we had the Charlotte test, we really never put ourselves in a racing position and side-by-side and stuff like that."

That said Johnson is confident about his chances coming to TMS.

"I feel good about things," he said. "I know we're going to have a good set-up, but it's a different world in the pack. We're going to need a few months to really evolve set-ups in the cars to handle what's going to go on in the pack."

The spoiler has been in place for a couple of races and with the Charlotte test, Johnson does feel like he has a handle on what to expect - up to a point.

"From my standpoint, I feel that the cars drove very similar to the way that I have in the past," Johnson said. "I didn't even think about wing or spoiler on the back of the car throughout the (Phoenix) race. It seemed the same.

"The final test will be in Texas. And even to Talladega. There's some things with this spoiler that should help the car stay on the ground and change the draft a bit at Talladega. So we have a nice progression in tracks to really evaluate what's going on. But so far I think it's going well and it's driving a lot like it did before."

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