Johnson suffers setback at Charlotte
Jimmie Johnson experienced a violent crash after making contact with Ryan Newman in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
On Lap 317, Johnson was squeezed between Newman and Kasey Kahne entering Turn 1 and spun nose first into the wall while battling for seventh place.
Johnson credited “safe race cars and softer walls” with lessening the impact of his crash.
“That stung for sure, but everything did its job,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty big impact. It’s unfortunate that we were wrecked. We got into Turn 1 and (Ryan Newman's car was) just real tight to my inside and it pulled me around into corner entry, and from there on I was just hanging on.
“We just have to go racing, that’s all there is to it. There’s five races left, and a lot can happen in those five races. But (this was) definitely not the night I wanted. This is not going to help us win a sixth championship. I promise you, this team and myself won’t quit. We’ll go for every point we can from here on out, and hopefully, we’re still champions at the end of the year."
Johnson finished 34th, last among the Chase contenders. The five-time Sprint Cup champ entered the weekend third in the points standings, four points behind leader Carl Edwards. Johnson dropped to eighth in the standings and now trails Edwards by 35 points.