Johnson shows he's vulnerable in Chase
Four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson dodged bullets all day Sunday, but proved he wasn’t invincible.
Johnson was caught in a melee following a collision between the Nos. 2 and 31 on Lap 223 of Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Once stuffed midfield, Johnson found himself in a second incident on Lap 242. Although he restarted 20th, a vibration from a loose right front wheel forced him to pit on Lap 256.
Johnson lost a lap and dropped to 28th. Despite racing up to 25th — the first car one lap down, the race went green to the finish and Johnson posted 25th.
“I don’t know what today’s finish will do — only time will tell — but you don’t want to get off to this start,” Johnson said. “If you can hope for something, you want a top 10 and 25th is not what you hope for.
“There’s still nine races. A lot can happen. Twenty-fifth isn’t 35th or 43rd or something. I don’t know where we finished at Texas, but we were able to get away with it and still win by a good margin. We can’t have any more of these. We have to be spot on from here on out.”