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Johnson slumped spectacularly last season

Jimmie Johnson won four Sprint Cup races last year. He led 1,310 laps, a number exceeded only by champion Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski. He posted 11 top-five finishes, 20 top-10s. For most drivers, that’s a spectacular season. In the Hendrick Motorsports race shop that houses the No. 48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, that’s a slump.

Dale Jr. all smiles

Ever notice that NASCAR takes on a higher profile and appears more successful when Dale Earnhardt Jr. is smiling That bodes well for the 2015 Sprint Cup season.

Suarez could become Mexican face of NASCAR

NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie Daniel Suarez is not only a promising young driver, but he is from Monterrey, Mexico. Should he deliver on his potential and become a force in NASCAR, that could create a market in the country of about 120 million people.