Jimmie Johnson crashes on lap three, Chase to the Cup becomes a chase again

Texas is all about the Busch Brothers and not about Jimmie Johnson

11/8/09 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Jimmie managed to hang out in the back and Talladega and missed the wreck involving Ryan Newman.  Then when he tried to move to the front with 20 laps or so remaining, he found himself struggling to do so.  Somehow, he did manage to grab a top ten finish and moved even further ahead of Mark Martin in the standings.

Texas Motor Speedway wasn't as kind to Jimmie, and he was tapped by Sam Hornish on lap 3 of the race, sending him crashing had into the infield barrier.  The damage was drastic, but his team didn't give up, basically giving him an  entire new front end before he came back out onto the track, 119 laps down.  The team is a never say die type of team, and with under one hundred laps to go, Jimmie was being shown in 39th position.

The Busch brothers really were the two most dominant cars on the track and led most of the race, particularly Kyle, who had already shown his domination of Texas by winning both the Truck and the Nationwide races earlier int he weekend.  Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, as Kyle ran out of gas at the end of the race, allowing big brother Kurt to score the win, and make his ridiculours backwards victory lap.

The chase standibgs have been shaken up, something none of us saw coming.  Jeff Gordon seemed poised to capitalize on his teammate's bad luck, but he had issues as well, spinning on the track when Juan Pablo Montoya and Carl Edwards got together.  He had to replace the splitter but got back out on the track.  He ended up with a 13th place finish and called it a "missed opportunity".  He admitted freely that he was challenged here at Texas and just can't seem to get a handle on this track.

The drivers who missed the Chase also seemed to be the ones up front.  Kevin Harvick was ABC's in race reporter and finished with a top five, even though he ran out of fuel onthe last lap.  Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr both spent most of the race up front, with Matt getting a 3rd place finish.  Dale Jr ran out of fuel with only a couple of laps remainig and finished in 25th, once again, a finish not indicative of his run throughout the day.

Mark Martin managed a 4th place finish and gained on Jimmie in the points, unofficially to around 70 points behind Jimmie.  Jeff's 13th place finish also gained him points on Jimmie, who finished in 38th.

The Chase has been shaken up.  It's actually a contest once again, and heading to Phoenix, almost anything could happen.  It won't be the runaway for Jimmie Johnson that we predicted and may even be a Chase for the Championship.
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11/13/09   |   hotrahel7

Debi_L wrote:
I think with what he has accomplished in Open Wheel racing he deserves a little arrogance  And it may just be that he feels he already has two strikes agains him, 1) a former open wheeler, and 2) his nationality (NOT American) so has developed a bit of a thicker skin.  I used to despise him to be honest, but he has grown on me, and I have developed a lot of respect for him, simply because he didn't quit, didn't give up and run away, tail between his legs.  He has persevered and continues to improve.  His desire to excel in this sport as well as open wheel racing has earned my respect and I hope he continues to do well.
Just my opinion!

do you like summing?

11/11/09   |   SanFran40Niners   |   8 respect

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Thats all Im wearing is my cowboy hat!

I take it you like to flirt and flaunt what you have?......Have any luck with it?
I hope you know they have a special name for girls like you.

11/11/09   |   SanFran40Niners   |   8 respect

Well, not really. The race WAS all about Jimmie..thats all they talked about..Jimmie this and Jimmie that, Yes, I'm a Johnson fan but there are 11 other Chase drivers give them some camera time too.

11/11/09   |   BigTone2475   |   326 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I think with what he has accomplished in Open Wheel racing he deserves a little arrogance  And it may just be that he feels he already has two strikes agains him, 1) a former open wheeler, and 2) his nationality (NOT American) so has developed a bit of a thicker skin.  I used to despise him to be honest, but he has grown on me, and I have developed a lot of respect for him, simply because he didn't quit, didn't give up and run away, tail between his legs.  He has persevered and continues to improve.  His desire to excel in this sport as well as open wheel racing has earned my respect and I hope he continues to do well.
Just my opinion!

I agree with one of those strikes the former open wheeler. I could care less where he is from.

11/11/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

BigTone2475 wrote:
I don't like those guys either. There is just something about him I don't like. I don't know the man so I don't know if he is a jerk or not, but i will say he comes of a Little arrogant.

I think with what he has accomplished in Open Wheel racing he deserves a little arrogance  And it may just be that he feels he already has two strikes agains him, 1) a former open wheeler, and 2) his nationality (NOT American) so has developed a bit of a thicker skin.  I used to despise him to be honest, but he has grown on me, and I have developed a lot of respect for him, simply because he didn't quit, didn't give up and run away, tail between his legs.  He has persevered and continues to improve.  His desire to excel in this sport as well as open wheel racing has earned my respect and I hope he continues to do well.
Just my opinion!

11/10/09   |   BigTone2475   |   326 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I'm just curious why you say he is a jerk?  I'm not aware of him doing anything that makes him any worse than Kyle Busch or Denny Hamlin, or other drivers.  As I said, just curious.

I don't like those guys either. There is just something about him I don't like. I don't know the man so I don't know if he is a jerk or not, but i will say he comes of a Little arrogant.

11/10/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

YuleeGator wrote:
He's a jerk !!

I'm just curious why you say he is a jerk?  I'm not aware of him doing anything that makes him any worse than Kyle Busch or Denny Hamlin, or other drivers.  As I said, just curious.

11/10/09   |   YuleeGator   |   76 respect

BigTone2475 wrote:
See  and I don't like JPM. I think he needs to go back to open wheel where he belongs. I am not saying he is a bad driver I just don't like the guy.

He's a jerk !!

11/10/09   |   BigTone2475   |   326 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I honestly wish that Juan had had a little more good luck.  I would have loved to have seen him in the mix a little more.  I lost my  Mark Martin "fandom" when he retired and then came back. 

See  and I don't like JPM. I think he needs to go back to open wheel where he belongs. I am not saying he is a bad driver I just don't like the guy.

11/9/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

BigTone2475 wrote:
The 48 team will bounce back at Phoenix watch and see that is one of the things that makes them so good. I believe this is the year the 48 figures out Homestead.

I will say that if by some act of the devil the 48 loses I hope the 5 wins.

I honestly wish that Juan had had a little more good luck.  I would have loved to have seen him in the mix a little more.  I lost my  Mark Martin "fandom" when he retired and then came back. 

11/9/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

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I guess the Toyotas don't get the best Gas Mileage.  It is ok for all the KB haters, he has more wins just in the Cup Series than Junior and many other Drivers have had in 3 full Seasons. I guess they are just all GREEN (M&M's) with Envy......

ROFLMAO! Good one Ed!

11/9/09   |   BigTone2475   |   326 respect

The 48 team will bounce back at Phoenix watch and see that is one of the things that makes them so good. I believe this is the year the 48 figures out Homestead.

I will say that if by some act of the devil the 48 loses I hope the 5 wins.

11/9/09   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

I wasn't even paying much attention as of late because the Chase has been failing once again and I expected Johnson to walk away with it.  I missed the wreck, but at least when I did turn it on to check and found out he was in the garage the excitement was there for watching the race.  Maybe I might just watch Phoenix now after all, instead of reading the results the next day.

11/8/09   |   MIKELIN8   |   1388 respect

Kyle ran out of gas...too bad Kurt didn't, too.

11/8/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

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It's kind of hard to explain in words....I will have to show you in person....

I guess I have to make my way down to North Carolina then. 

11/8/09   |   Thunder90   |   4 respect

Very well written article, and i would LOVE to see Mark win this thing... and moreso than that i would love to see JJ NOT win a 4th in a row, its just getting old. Great racer, just tired of seeing it lol kind of like when KB was tearing up all 3 NASCAR fields... cool that he was doing it, but stale after a while. So i'm pulling hard for some more 48 troubles and some awesome runs for the old man, i would love to see a Homestead shootout where the 5 just barely beats Knaus and his crew, even though hands down K-naus is the f'in man and the best crew chief on pit road hands down... i'd love to work for that dude.

11/8/09   |   everclear885   |   15 respect

everclear885 wrote:
Wow, I don't know anything about racing but you make it inetersting!

Hmmm I see.....

11/8/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

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I make ALOT more then just racing interesting..........

I can't imagine what you could possibly be insinutating.

11/8/09   |   Bashfulblue   |   7 respect

I beg pardon....the #00 is always hitting other cars...sorry Sam

11/8/09   |   mjc613   |   78 respect

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Thats all Im wearing is my cowboy hat!

OK, I'm on my way over....

11/8/09   |   mjc613   |   78 respect

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Sam Hornish is my hero!!!....Although, Johnson was able to limp to a top 10 38th finish...(43rd DNF sounds better) I'm sure Knaus and the 48 team tweaked something while "fixing" the car after that oh so good wreck. But even if they are caught nothing will happen to them because thats Jimmie "I do no wrong" Johnson. and Chad "Angel" Knaus. (At least to NASCAR)  Didn't like Johnson when he first came to NASCAR, don't like him now..and NEVER will like him.

EDIT: $h!t like this happens when your dyslexic! and don't watch the end of the race.....Sorry.

Jimmie is just possiably the greatest driver in the history of auto racing... what he is doing has NEVER been done before... there comes a time in our lives that we need to take a step back and tip our cowboy hat to the Champion. Jimmie Johnson will go down as the greatest ever, enjoy the ride.

11/8/09   |   Bashfulblue   |   7 respect

This race suckeded...Jimmie wrecked...Jr out of gas again...only good thing happen was Kyle didn't win either.....Car #77  has wrecked a few .....like Jr. and now Jimmie

11/8/09   |   everclear885   |   15 respect

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Yeah, I just realized that... Sorry

Wow, I don't know anything about racing but you make it inetersting!

11/8/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

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Sam Hornish is my hero!!!....Although, Johnson was able to limp to a top 10 38th finish...(43rd DNF sounds better) I'm sure Knaus and the 48 team tweaked something while "fixing" the car after that oh so good wreck. But even if they are caught nothing will happen to them because thats Jimmie "I do no wrong" Johnson. and Chad "Angel" Knaus. (At least to NASCAR)  Didn't like Johnson when he first came to NASCAR, don't like him now..and NEVER will like him.

EDIT: $h!t like this happens when your dyslexic! and don't watch the end of the race.....Sorry.

Jimmie did not get a top ten finish this week, that was last week. this week he got 38th

11/8/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

kramer wrote:
I think if Mark can hang with Jimmie at Phoenix he has a great chance to win the title.  He did win back in April, and Johnson isn't very good at Homestead.  A Phoenix sweep would really put the pressure on Johnson to perform at a track that has been pretty bad for him in the past.
 

The problem with that is that Johnson's bad performance means that he'll finish 8-12th.  In other words, still pretty damn solid.

11/8/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

I know I'm in the minority, but I feel bad for Shrub.  He had history all wrapped up.  I have a feeling he'll get a three series sweep at some point in his career though.  He's one of the few with the ability and desire to do so.

11/8/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I agree Scott, I think Jimmie just was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he will rebound at Phoenix. 

And yes Bryan, he sounded pleased to get out of Texas with 13th.  I do wonder if Mark has anything for Jimmie, I mean, I'm not a huge Mark fan, but I'd like to see some kind of an actual competition

I think if Mark can hang with Jimmie at Phoenix he has a great chance to win the title.  He did win back in April, and Johnson isn't very good at Homestead.  A Phoenix sweep would really put the pressure on Johnson to perform at a track that has been pretty bad for him in the past.

 

11/8/09   |   69Steelerfan   |   4 respect

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Jimmie had a bad day.... But i am still rooting for the team

What you don't like Johnson??? After all Gordon is the car owner

11/8/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

I agree Scott, I think Jimmie just was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he will rebound at Phoenix. 

And yes Bryan, he sounded pleased to get out of Texas with 13th.  I do wonder if Mark has anything for Jimmie, I mean, I'm not a huge Mark fan, but I'd like to see some kind of an actual competition

11/8/09   |   24fan   |   31 respect

SHRUB STILL RAN OUT OF GAS

11/8/09   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

To say Jeff Gordon hates Texas is a severe understatement.  He calls it a missed opportunity, but if I were him I'd be thanking my lucky stars that I spun at Texas, stayed off the wall, and still finished on the lead lap.

 

11/8/09   |   Scott   |   54636 respect

This may add a little drama going into the last 2 races but I still think Jimmie Johnson is head and shoulders above the rest of the field.  I think Johnson will dominate at Phoenix and more then likely erase any doubts or possible excitement heading into Homestead.