Ten questions with: NASCAR Daytona 500 champion Jimmie Johnson

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 18: Jimmy Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowes, looks around in the garage during NASCAR Testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on January 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 18:  Jimmy Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowes, looks around in the garage during NASCAR Testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on January 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)
CHARLOTTE, NC – JANUARY 18: Jimmy Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowes, looks around in the garage during NASCAR Testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on January 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Five time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson scored his second Daytona 500 win this past Sunday. Johnson played a smart race, avoiding trouble that took out some and having a Chevy that survived until the end. The win came in his 400 start and was the 61 of his career. A win anywhere in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series is special, but a win in the Daytona 500 is even more special and carries with it more obligations; namely a week long media tour that includes stops at major TV networks, and a few minutes with NASCAR teleconference with reporters.  Johnson met that obligation Tuesday when he took time out from his busy week to meet with members of the NASCAR media. What follows is the transcript of that teleconference.

Q.  You talk about the differences between 2006 and now.  It’s been seven years.  Chad wasn’t there then.  This had to feel like a totally different experience and a much bigger accomplishment. MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.