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Jimmie Johnson prepares to practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Johnson, who won at Michigan is June, will need to reverse an unimpressive stretch of results lately if he's going to repeat at MIS in this weekend's Sprint Cup race. (AP Photo/Dave Frechette) (Dave Frechette )
Johnson hoping to end slump before Chase
Jimmie Johnson hoping to end uncharacteristic slump before start of Chase

Posted on Aug. 16, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 16, 2014 at 5:43 p.m.

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — With three victories on the season, Jimmie Johnson is safely in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but lately the No. 48 car has had its share of problems.

The latest setback came Friday when Johnson finished 30th in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway, complaining afterward about a vibrating car.

Johnson won at MIS earlier this season — his third victory in four races at the time — but based on his recent form, a repeat isn’t looking especially likely in Sunday’s Cup race.

In his last five races, the six-time Cup champion has finished 42nd, 42nd, 14th, 39th and 28th.