Play It Forward March 20-26: Jimmie Johnson always has Auto Club Speedway on his GPS

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The El Cajon native in the Hendrick No. 48 Chevy started from the 19th position in last year’s race, overtook Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick in overtime after a restart and won it a year ago for his 77th career victory – his 10th career title on the track and sixth as it has been named Auto Club Speedway.

“He ran the fastest lap of the race on the last lap – he saved his best for last,” said Fox NASCAR analyst Michael Waltrip of Johnson’s win.

“I got a great run off of Turn 2 and I thought ‘man I’ve got a shot at this thing,’ which I didn’t expect to have,” the 40-year-old Johnson said about the final restart. “Harvick has been so fast. I cleared him and kind of got away. We saved our best for last for sure. We had our best at the last there and really strong on the short run which wasn’t necessarily our strong suit earlier in the day. Chad (Knaus, crew chief) made some great adjustments there to get me tuned up for that dash at the end.”

Johnson went on to win his seventh Cup title, but his performance this season was recently causing some to wonder: Is he having a post-title hangover? He was 34th at the Daytona 500 after a crash, then 19th and Atlanta. He jumped to 11th in Las Vegas and was competitive at the end before coming in ninth Sunday in Phoenix. Sounds like he’s gearing up again.

Also: Pole qualifying, Friday at 4:05 p.m.; Xfinity NXS 300, Saturday at 1 p.m., (qualifying at 9:30 a.m.), FS1

More info on the entire weekend of events:




Details/TV: At Memphis, Tenn., Friday, 6:40 p.m., Ch. 2

The end of the work week won’t get here soon enough, no matter what your brackets look like at this point or whether you’re ready to join Charles Barkley with his reverse hoodie snack holder idea.

The Bruins’ 97-92 win over the then-No. 1 Wildcats on their home floor back on Dec. 3 will be dissected all over again before they butt heads again in the South Regional semifinals.

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