Johnson Rebounds at Kansas

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson: "I'm definitely proud of this team, and the fact that we never give up." (Photo: Getty Images)


Jimmie Johnson rebounded from a crash on Lap 136 to score a ninth-place finish in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver was able to stay well in the championship picture after the team made the necessary repairs quickly to the heavily damaged rear-end of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet.

"It is pretty tore up," Johnson said after seeing the damaged car after the race. "I'm definitely proud of this team, and the fact that we never give up. We continue to fight to try to get every point that we can."

Johnson led 44 laps in the race, but got caught a lap down after pitting from the lead when a caution flag on Lap 123 came out for Aric Almirola hitting the wall. But after taking the wave around, Johnson was placed back in traffic in the 22nd position and, just a few laps later, he spun and backed it into the Turn 4 wall.

"I crashed the car," Johnson said. "I spun out trying to get inside the No. 56 (Martin Truex, Jr.). He bobbled a little in front of me and I thought that was an opportunity to jump in the gas real hard. When I did that, my car took off and I couldn't catch it."

At first, crew chief Chad Knaus wanted Johnson to go to the garage, but Knaus quickly pulled an audible and kept the No. 48 Chevrolet on pit road. Once there, the crew made the repairs and kept Johnson on the lead lap.

"One, I’m impressed that they fixed it as they did and got the spoiler and deck lid back in place," Johnson said. "Two, I’m surprised that the car was as fast as it was. It drove fine through the turn.

“Luckily the damage to the car was really cosmetic. The suspension was still true and straight and the car drove correctly. That helped me more than anything. If the car was wicked and evil to drive, it would have been a long, long afternoon."

Johnson admitted he was worried when the incident happened.

“The deck lid and all that is so sensitive, I really thought I was in trouble when I hit the wall," Johnson said. "It’s tough to get the support to hold that deck lid where it needs to be. And if there isn’t enough support back there, NASCAR will park you. So when I backed it in, I was pretty bummed out and assumed that we were going to be many laps down.”

Although he leaves Kansas with the same amount of points (seven) behind leader Brad Keselowski that he started the day with, Johnson was still disappointed.

“I had a couple of hundred miles to think through the mistake I made," Johnson said. "I want to be happy because of this amazing comeback the team had, but one little mistake. We didn’t lose many points, if any, at all today; maybe it’s a draw because I led a lap. I’m not sure if Brad did. But it could have been so much more. You don’t want to leave points on the table.”

Next MRN Broadcast

On Air Now
Jul. 20, 2017 1:00 PM ET

Upcoming Cup Broadcasts

© 2017 MRN. All Rights Reserved

FacebookTwitterDiggDeliciousLinkedInGoogle BookmarksYahoo BookmarksLive (MSN)

ISC Track Sites