Tooling Around for over a Decade
This weekend No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet will be doing its best Johnny Cash impersonation as it wears black for the first time this year. The Kobalt Tools scheme has been a staple of Team Lowe’s Racing since 2005, and is a regular in the winner’s circle.
Kobalt made its debut in the 2005 Busch Series Aaron’s 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 19th, where Jimmie qualified and finished in the third position.
Kobalt appeared four more times in the Busch Series in 2005, and each time Jimmie’s car looked a little different…
In 2006 it appeared once for the Memorial Day Busch race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
2007 was the last year for Kobalt in the minor leagues, as the Lowe’s exclusive tool brand got the nod to move up to the majors.
The 2007 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 18 was the maiden voyage for Kobalt Tools in the Cup Series. Jimmie started third, led 135 laps on the day, and in a thrilling finish he out-dueled Tony Stewart to grab the win.
Jimmie’s only NASCAR Truck Series start came at Bristol in August 2008, where he drove the No. 81 Kobalt Tools Chevy Silverado for Randy Moss Motorsports (yes, NFL star Randy Moss).
In 2008 Kobalt was featured at Homestead where Jimmie secured his record-tying third straight championship.
Kobalt was on the No. 48 for two of Jimmie’s four triumphs at Indianapolis in 2009 and 2012.
One of the most special moments of Jimmie Johnson’s career was winning the 2012 Southern 500 and giving Mr. Hendrick his 200th win. He just so happened to do it in a one-off for 2012 flat black Kobalt ride.
In total, the Kobalt Chevrolet has taken the green flag in 89 races, 79 of which have been in the Cup Series, where Jimmie has wheeled the car to victory lane 14 times.
In 2015 Kobalt returned to flat black, which it will wear in it's 2017 iteration in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas. Tune in to FOX at 3:30 PM ET and see if JJ can wheel the Kobalt car to victory lane for the fifteenth time!