Johnson Looking to Seal the Deal
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on June 27, 2014 | 12:20 P.M. EST
"We’ve been close. It’s just on that last run - varying mistakes have kept us from going to Victory Lane." (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
Johnson led 182 laps in the 2013 running of the Quaker State 400, and has yet to finish worse than ninth since the Cup Series started running at the track in 2011, but has yet to cross the finish line first.
"We’ve been close," Johnson said. "It’s just on that last run - varying mistakes have kept us from going to Victory Lane. We’ve had a car capable of winning; I think two of them, at least. I’m not sure about the third. So, it’s just executing in that final run.”
The end of last year's race saw Johnson spin in Turn 2 on a restart while running second in the closing laps of the race. After the race, Johnson was unhappy with eventual race winner Matt Kenseth, who Johnson thought broke pace car speed on the restart.
"A lot has changed since then," Johnson said. "Our restart procedure has changed and there were a lot of cat and mouse games going on through last year. That stuff has changed quite a bit now. So I’m happy with the rule changes and certainly still today, feel that the scenario and the games played there is what led to our issue down there in Turns 1 and 2.”
Kentucky is one of four tracks on the schedule that Johnson has yet to win at along with Chicagoland Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Watkins Glen International.
“It would be great to go to Kentucky and win, to cross another track off our list," Johnson said. "Last weekend, we had a really great run going. I’m really proud of this team and I’m just looking forward to the upcoming tracks before the off-weekend – Kentucky, Daytona and New Hampshire.”