Double trouble: Jimmie Johnson spins out twice in Coca-Cola 600
Jimmie Johnson’s bid to earn back-to-back victories in the Coca-Cola 600 came to an end with just over 125 laps to go at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night.
The six-time champion was running inside the top 10 when he lost control of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in Turn 4 on Lap 273. Sliding down the banking, Johnson hit the inside wall with the nose of the car to bring out the caution flag.
With heavy damage to the nose of the car, crew chief Chad Knaus told Johnson to take the car behind the wall for further repairs.
Johnson said the car was fast, but "really, really loose" and would "bug out" when he was around other cars.
"We came in with an aggressive mindset to bring an aggressive set-up in the car, drive aggressively and take chances," Johnson said. "We just don’t have anything to lose. Unfortunately we didn’t get long enough into the race for the aggressive set-up to come into play.
"Another 30-40 laps we would have had the car right where we wanted it," he said. "I just didn’t make it there. I could have driven a little easier and tried not work so hard through traffic, but we said we were going to come in and swing for the fences. We did and I hit the fence."
This was the second spin of the day for Johnson, who has seven wins at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Johnson brought out the second caution of the day on Lap 91 when he spun the No. 48 Chevrolet in Turn 4. Unlike the Lap 273 incident, Johnson avoided sustaining any damage in the first incident.
As the race restarted on Lap 279, Johnson was 42nd out of 43 cars and sitting in the garage.
When the checkered flag flew for race winner Carl Edwards, Johnson crossed the finish line 40th, 30 laps down.
VIDEO: Johnson’s first spin in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway