POWER OF PRIDE: The final two races of the 2018 season will showcase two very special paint schemes on the No. 48 Chevrolet. Longtime sponsor Lowe’s is paying homage to the unprecedented 17-year partnership with two very special paint outs. For ISM Raceway this weekend, Jimmie Johnson will run the “Power of Pride” paint scheme he piloted for his first three starts in the NASCAR Cup Series near the end of the 2001 season. Already memorable as Johnson’s very first Cup Series race car, the scheme is even more meaningful due to its origin. The red, white and blue design was placed on the car shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. It was the first of many patriotic schemes for Lowe’s and the No. 48 team over the years.
ISM WINS: Johnson has four wins at ISM Raceway. He has accounted for 990 laps led around the track with 15 top-five finishes and 20 top-10s over 30 starts. Johnson’s average finish is 10.13, which is the seventh-best at the track all-time. His last win at the Avondale, Arizona, track came on Nov. 15, 2009, when he led 238 of 312 laps. The very next week he won his fourth NASCAR Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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