It's hard to believe Jimmie Johnson won't be driving a winning car in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.
The car he will drive was the runner-up in the October 2007 race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. With all the races Johnson has won over the past three seasons, it seems his team could have found a superspeedway car with at least one win.
His back-up car has an even worse record. Its best finish came last year at Talladega in October -- ninth place.
With no points on the line and with NASCAR's new restrictive testing policy, any time on the track is valuable.
“Without any testing this year, the Shootout is going to be a great practice session for all the teams," Johnson said. "It’s always been a benefit to be a part of it, but this year probably more than ever. I’m really excited to get back in the car and get back racing. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the start of our season and that’s really the first part of it.”