Dale Jr: Support Driver for Jimmie Johnson?

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Is Dale Earnhardt Jr a Support Driver for Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Team?

Jimmie Johnson did not win the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday without the help he received from teammate and drafting partner Dale Earnhardt Jr.  If Earnhardt had gotten just an inch further back Johnson would never have made it. The margin of victory was that close – .002 seconds and a tie for one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history with 6 cars crossing the finish line virtually as one. Johnson grabbed the lead for the final time just 6 inches from the finish line.

Earnhardt was a good team player. He needs to put that one in the bank because Jimmie Johnson owes him big time.

Johnson knows it too. Jimmie Johnson gave Dale Earnhardt Jr the checkered flag that he picked up at the finish line, although Earnhardt seemed a little reluctant to accept it. I wonder what Dale Jr will do with that flag.

So why did Jimmie Johnson give Dale Jr the checkered flag?

“Just came to mind,” said Johnson flatly. “I handed it to him and he said ‘Man, I don’t want that.’  I said, Well, I have to give you something for the push and working with me. He said, ‘No, that’s what teammates do.’

“I smiled and I said take the damn flag.  I’ll give you the trophy, too. He says, ‘No, I don’t want the trophy.  I’ll take the flag, though.’

“Man, he’s a riot.” Johnson continued on the subject of Dale Jr. “You guys scan all the time but to hear him on the channel and Stevie and the things he talks about — can I have this channel more often just to listen?

“Next one is on us, brother.” ~ No. 48 Crew Chief Chad Knaus to Dale Earnhardt Jr

As Johnson’s No. 48 Chevy raced toward the finish line it almost appeared that his left wheels crossed below the double-yellow line for a split second but no penalty was assessed by NASCAR.

“I was not focused on where that yellow line was,” Jimmie Johnson explained after the race. “I was more worried about causing a big pile up and luckily the 5 quit coming down and then the 24 pulled back up. So I don’t know where my left side tires were, but I’ve heard that a statement has been released and everything is cool.  So I’m glad I’m not sitting here having to worry about that.

For a few seconds after the race it was unclear who had won. Then Dale Jr came on the radio and said “Hell, I think the 48 won.”

“I knew in my mind that if it that was the checkered, it was close, and I didn’t know if I had it won, said Johnson.

After the race No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus summed it up with a quick radio call to Dale Earnhardt Jr: “Next one is on us, brother.”

So now it’s your turn to have your say. As always, you can vent or you can cheer. The floor is yours. Leave your thoughts in the comments below. And if you like this be sure to hit the Facebook Like Button.

 

 

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89 Comments on Dale Jr: Support Driver for Jimmie Johnson?

  1. Joe on
  2. GREAT RACE TODAY JUNIOR !!!

  3. B-Bro on
  4. I was on another site and some were saying Johnson went below the yellow line and passed. Well I record all my races with the DVR and I went back and watched it after all the arguing and sure enough there’s a frame that shows Johnson going below the yellow line behind Martin and then the following frame with Johnson below the line ahead of Martin.

  5. Debbie Roberts on
  6. Dale Jr is a team player, always has been. He is probably the most unselfish driver in NASCAR. But I’m not gonna hold my breath on waiting for Jimmy Johnson to return the favor, or Chad Knaus for that matter. I wanta see Jr win all by himself and I’m hoping it will come soon for his sake. He’s been really close and his time in Victory Lane is coming. I’ve stood by him since I became a fan the day his Dad died. I wasn’t even really into NASCAR all that much, but my heart went out to him and his family that day and I’ve been a loyal fan ever since. He’s been through some tough years and his true fans love him because he’s so real. It’s hard to identify with most superstars but Dale Jr is a regular guy who happens to have incredible talent and a ton of character. GO 88 TEAM!

  7. Rose on
  8. you can guarntee that Johnson would NEVER push Jr. over the finish line, what a set up that was

  9. Rose on
  10. very true, Jr. is the BEST

  11. SouthernGuy8503 on
  12. But look at the angle you were looking, I bet it wasn’t straight on from the wall and that it was in front of them. Which would make it deceiving by making it look like JJ was further ahead of Martin than it looked. From what I saw it looked like JJ was below the line beside Martin but was back above the line as he passed Martin. Plus it looked like Martin might have forced JJ down there so JJ had to so there wouldn’t be a big wreck. Of course since I haven’t seen a direct view I can’t say one way or the other, just going by what I saw.

    In NASCAR’s own words: “This is your warning: race above the yellow line. If, in NASCAR’S judgment, you go below the yellow line to improve your position, you will be black-flagged. If in NASCAR’s judgment you force someone below the yellow line (in an effort to stop him from passing you), you may be black-flagged.”

    What is unclear is can you put 2 wheels over the line and you are okay are is it all 4? At what point do you cross the line?

  13. SouthernGuy8503 on
  14. You only need to put 2 over the line, just like in regular sports you only have to put 1 foot over the line and not both. But the part I’m actually unclear on is that is it ok to have a tire or 2 just ON the line as long as it’s not over it, or is on the line count as over the line also.

    The camera angle is important. Maybe Johnson never touched the line — maybe NASCAR viewed that Martin forced him a bit.

    I’ve never seen anything from NASCAR that says exactly where the line is.

  15. STORMY on
  16. WHY THE HATING OF JIMMIE JOHNSON AND RETURNING THE FAVOR? JR IS FINISHING BETTER THAN HE HAS IN A LONG TIME. IF YOU WERE MR. HENDRICKS WOULDN’T YOU PUT JR. BEHIND JIMMIE TO PICK UP HIS MOVES..WATCH HIS TACTICS…JR MAY MAKE THE CHASE. NEITHER JIMMIE NOR JR. HAVE SEEMED SELFISH TO ME LIKE OTHER DRIVERS…YOU DON’T KNOW EITHER ONE OF THEM SO GO AHEAD AND JUDGE CAUSE JR. LOST. NOBODY CAN STAND A WINNER. LOOK AT ALL THE CREDIT DALE JR. GOT TODAY, FROM ALL, OH EVEN JIMMIE ON CAMERA.
    UNFORTUNATELY JR. HASN’T BEEN PERFORMING TIL THE NEW SET UP AND NOW HE IS BRINGING IN POINTS FOR HIMSELF AND THE TEAM OWNER. IF HE HAS TO PLAY SECOND FIDDLE? SO WHAT!
    OF COURSE, MR. HENDRICK IS NOT GOING TO HAVE JR. WIN OVER JIMMIE RIGHT NOW IF PUSH COMES TO SHOVE. EVEN JR. SAID IT WAS HIS CHOICE TO PUSH CAUSE HE COULDN’T MANEUVER AS WELL AND WASN’T AS FAST. HOW BOUT A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE AT JR. HAVING A FIVE TIME CHAMPION CARE ENOUGH TO WORK WITH HIM AND GIVE HIM A SHOT AT RE-LEARNING THE ART OR JUST IMPROVING HIS DRIVING. THEY ARE BOTH GOOD DRIVERS, GOOD MEN AND UNSELFISH.
    HATE JIMMIE IF YOU MUST BUT NOW THAT HE AND JR. ARE NEW ROOMIES, JR. IS GOING TO BENEFIT AND SO WILL JIMMIE AND I BET THEY ARE FRIENDS.
    DON’T BE A HATER IT’S NOT ATTRACTIVE TO THE SPORT OR FANS…ENJOY THAT YOU SAW THE SECOND CLOSER FINISH EVER TODAY AND JR. WOULD NOT HAVE WON THAT RACE ALONE EITHER.

  17. Dave on
  18. that responce,thread about being a dale jr fan since the day his dad died is a part of the whole dale jr problem…..im NOT a dale jr fan..BUT i also think he is a great driver.with the new team and crew chief this season he will get back in victorylane…but to dump on johnson because he IS a winner and IS a good driver as well is unfair and to be honest not what most drivers want fans to do ( im an ex driver),,if any of you listned to the broadcast or watched the victorylane show..youd know it was dales choice to take the rear of the 2 car and push johnson…johnson did no blocking on dale nor did he cut hom off at any point..they worked out a plan and stuck to it and as a TEAM they won the race…..if you heard the incar right after..LeTarte told dale to go do burnouts with johnson and then jimmie himself yes yes join me..and dale didnt….he gave him the flag in a gesture of friendship and commeradiery not selfishness and “in your face”….

    ill say one thing..he wasnt to worn out today..he must have stayed sober last night..a few weeks ago he was so hungover i dont know how he did it…the boi needs to stop drinking…

  19. Don Wakeland on
  20. Dale was unselfish today and Sat. in the Nationwide reace. He told Amerola to do what he had to on the last lap.

  21. Dave on
  22. if he is the BEST…why hasnt he won a championship?…jimmie has 5…..dale at best is a great driver…but far from the BEST…remember most of you JR nation types HATED dale sr when he was alive…i can still hear the boo’s

  23. Joe on
  24. Dave you could not be any more incorrect. Most all the Junior fans loved his Father.Where do you get your info or do you just make it up so it sounds like you know what you are talking about? WHAT BOO,S ??? You are crazy !!!

  25. Joe on
  26. Now how can you prove that???

    Sorry Joe, but Dave is right. Dale Earnhardt got just as many boos as anyone when he was driving.. And a lot of cheers too.

  27. Rita Harrington on
  28. Dale jr is a teamplayer.johnson would not have done that for him.
    To me the only ones Rick Hendrick cares about is johnson and gordon.
    I only heard jr. say he couldnt have johnson push him at the end of the race.
    previosly junior said car was good.88 and 48 stayed in front more with johnson
    pushing junior. I hope junior gives his true opinion,meaning theirs certain
    things he cant say on air for fear of losing ride. Junior should have had
    that win.tired of seeing johnson in winners circle.Dale jr,you are still
    my man baby

  29. AZomah on
  30. SouthernGuy, I am taking back my wish for PIR to go to a longer track and hold plate racing. This 2×2 racing sucks. I just wanted to see Jr. race 2 races here.

  31. AZomah on
  32. Jr. finished 4th and moved up to 3rd in the standings. He had a good day! Oh, by the way he does not drink on the week-end before racing. He does have alot of things to do for sponsors however. I can’t see very many of us keeping up a schedule like his!

  33. Elaine on
  34. Dale Is A Very Special Guy And The Best, He Has More Class Than Any Driver On The track And If It Had Of Been The Other Way Of Racing He Would Have Won, He Had A Good Car Today.

  35. Mavis on
  36. Good race! Shows what kind of a driver Jr is! I kept wondering how he could ever win the race when he seemed to be the one pushing most of the time. I heard that it was him that wanted it that way as he figured they were faster with him pushing. They might not have got as good a finish otherwise. As for the yellow line it did look like Johnson either touched it or went below it but I didn’t think he passed anyone in that position as he moved up right away. Good for Jr. Third in points. They keep saying how much better he is than last year but last year after Talledaga he was 8th and that was one more race.

  37. Barb F. on
  38. Thanks to Jr. JImmy got his first season win but the question is wlll he return the favor someday I doubt it.Giving him the flag what an after thought gee big deal. On a positive note Jr. is doing well so far this year best that he has done in 3 years.Keep up the good work us die hard fans are rooting for you.

  39. Deb on
  40. Great job Dale you will be in winners circle before long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Pegi on
  42. I was disappointed in the outcome. JR is the “pied piper” not Johnson. JR needed the win much more than Johnson. I thought I heard JR say in the postrace interview that he felt the duo worked better with him pushing because when he was in front, he kept driving away from Jimmy. Perhaps it’s because Johnson doesn’t know how to push?

  43. Judith on
  44. Jr. is not like his dad and wish people would understand it. He is his own man, I have the up most respect for him, he could of changed positions and maybe oir maybe not of won but he knew that JJ was better at being a head of him. Wish ppl would stop seeing Jr. like his father & look at him as his own person. Jr. is a team player, yes I am a huge Jr. fan, and I would of loved to see him win this one, but in time he will. I as a fan have respect for all the drivers out there.

  45. Alicia on
  46. I’m proud of Dale Jr. he was a loyal teammate. If it wasn’t for him,Johnson wouldn’t have won the race. Finishes like that are racing. You gotta love it.

  47. Dean on
  48. can you back this up, or are you talking out your rear end?

  49. Rita on
  50. Debbie that is also the day I became a Junior fan

  51. Rita on
  52. Along with JJ not really knowing how to push I also think Juniors car was faster
    and JJ could not keep up. Junior won that race for JJ I hope the favor is returned. That is when it is teamwork…
    Junior is a class act!

  53. Rita on
  54. Did you listen to the post race interview with JJ and Chad? Chad kind of backed off on “we owe you one brother”.

  55. Rita on
  56. Senior never won most popoular driver till he died. Oh there were a lot of boo’s during many races. I was there I heard them. He was a VERY talented driver and did a lot for the sport but let’s be honest he was not liked by many. Seniors fan base does not come anywhere near Juniors. I’ll bet Dad is very proud of his son.

  57. Joe on
  58. Sorry RacingWin i disagree. I was at a lot of those races. But that is OK we can disagree on that fact. So how do you feel about the comment Dave made on Juniors Fans?

  59. Joe on
  60. YOU ARE 100 PER CENT CORRECT !!!

  61. Joe on
  62. DEAN, DID YOU WATCH THE RACE ????
    WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT???

  63. Alton Sugg Jr on
  64. I agree Rita.

  65. HERMAN on
  66. JUST WANT TO THANK NASCAR FOR GIVING ME BACK MY SUNDAY, IF THAT IS THE WAY RESTRICTOR PLATE RACING IS TO BE—–PUSH ME AND I PUSH YOU
    THEN COUNT ME OUT, THAT IS NOT RACING, NO WONDER FANS STAY HOME WITH THE CURRENT RULES AND FORMATS THEY HAVE COME UP WITH FOR RACING. DON’T HAVE TIME TO WATCH SUCH A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY

  67. Max on
  68. Dave your an idiot…So Jr. liked to party in his younger days. And now he owns a bar. But if you think he is hung over when he gets in that car, there are no words to express your ignorane!!!

  69. Addie on
  70. Debbie i agree with you 100%! I will add I have remained a Dale, Jr. fan because of his talent on the track, his composure during difficult times and his desire to be his own man. Dale, Jr. You are your own man! Jr. has proven that over & over. Dale, Jr. is a classy driver, he also is a true team mate which was proven yesterday. Oh yes he had the fastest car as JJ said Jr. made the decision to push him. Way to god Dale that win is yours and Jimmies not just Jimmies. JJ gave Jr. the checkered falg for a reason. That is real team work. Not every team mate with the fastest car would have stuck by a team mate. I am proud once again to call Dale, Jr. my driver! Through good times and the not so good. Go Dale, Jr. Go!

  71. Willard and Jean West on
  72. I must say that “restrictor racing is exciting, and Dale, Jr. is a much improved driver this year and he is much improved due to his equipment and his crew chief. I also agree that he works good with his team mates and he is not selfish. In my opinion, it was a good gesture for Jimmy to give Jr. the checkered fan……….Jimmy would not have won the race without Dale, Jr.’s expertise in pushing……..THIS IS RACING!!!!!!!!!!!! Very exciting, and maybe, maybe, soon we will see Dale Jr. go to victory lane………………..DALE, JR., YOU ARE STILL OUR NUMBER ONE DRIVER!!!!!!

  73. dynamite on
  74. Dale jr. deserved that checkered flag. If it wasn’t for Dale, Johnson would have never won the race. It was a darn good race and I think Jr. should have been a winner just as much as Jimmie. He stayed with Jimmie the whole race. I heard one of the announcers say that Jr.s car was faster and that they should switch, but didn’t have enough time. Then I heard Jr. say that Jimmie’s car was faster so who had the fastest car? All four of Hendricks cars were the top four cars in the lineup with Gordon first and Jr. 4th, and jr. won 4th. I really enjoyed the race just wish Jr. had been the one in front. maybe next time. go, jr, love you.

    For God sake, give it up, let Dale Jr. have his time in the spotlight, if it hadn’t been for his telling J.J. what we are going to do next, J.J. would not have made it
    Glad both of my drivers did well.
    It will be Jrs time soon.
    H.J.

  75. Mare on
  76. I’m not a fan of restrictor plate racing, but the last few laps were exciting. Too bad it doesn’t start out that way. One race a season would be enough, or else shorten the restrictor plate races.

  77. Susan on
  78. I think the whole Hendrick team working like they did was awesome. If you all work as a team they will all come out on top! It wasn’t about one of them all of them did well. Great job guys! It wasn’t about just one it was about the team!

  79. Jackie on
  80. I was so proud of Jr.he won the race for Jimmy.I just wish Jr could have been first. Jimmy is a good Person too, now he owes jr a win. and I feel he will help jr. to win. The Race was great. I really enjoyed it. it won`t be long and we will see Jr in victory Lane. All of the Drivers did a good job.

  81. Barbara Dionne on
  82. Elaine, you’re absolutely right!!! Couldn’t agree more.

  83. SouthernGuy8503 on
  84. Rita – I guess I don’t come near myself along with other JR fans since I was a Dale Sr fan until he died. I was a JR fan when he came into NASCAR so I didn’t just switch, JR basically was moved to my 1st favorite driver among active drivers. Other JR fans were also SR fans, just like some SR fans simple stayed with the team and became Harvick fans, and SR fans went to someone else. But, I do agree with you that Dale SR was almost like the Kyle Busch of today. Most respect his ability but you’re either a fan of his or don’t care much for him, there no gray area.

    Joe, many of Dale Earnhardt’s fans began following Junior even before Dale’s death. But Junior who has many more of his own fans who were never Dale Earnhardt — or even NASCAR fans before.

  85. BoulderJR on
  86. One heck of a race! Jr was calling the shots the entire 500 miles. It was his call to let Johnson take the lead. I think the class Jr showed yesterday will do more for his reputation than any win. This one if for the history books. Jr is a leader, not just a driver.

  87. RJ on
  88. During a interview after the race Jr said with the 88 doing the pushing, the pair was faster then when the 48 did the pushing, so they decided to finish the race with the 48 up front. I thought the car to car radio chatter from the 88 to the 48 as they came to the checkered flag said it all; Jr to Jimmy–(whatever happens do not lift !!) The 48 driving the flag over to Jr, just a display class between two classy drivers. You have to admit it folks, we’ve had some pretty exciting finishes so far this year, no matter who your driver is.

  89. Don on
  90. Great job Jimmy and Dale JR. All I can say is I’d love to have a team mate like JR. I think Jimmy would return the favor but we’ll just have to wait and see. NUFF SAID

  91. DannyB88 on
  92. Your wrong, Jr said “My car is faster I should be pushing you, when you are pushing me I can run away from you” Get you facts straight!

  93. Peggy Thacker on
  94. Well…..I was a big Dale Sr. fan right up to the day he was killed at Daytona, BUT I didn’t just switch to Jr. because he was Dale’s son. I liked him when he first started, and I now follow him faithfully. I root for JR. no matter what, Win, or Lose! I am not a band wagon jumper. As for the Talledega race Sunday, I was so disappointed! I DO NOT like this 2 car racing deal at all. Talledega is my favorite track, and Nascar ruined it for me with this crappy style of racing. I also don’t like the COT! Wish it was back the way it was. They could have put all that safety stuff on the other cars too. I don’t believe the “JR. Era” is over at all. I think his being with Steve is the best thing that could have happened. They seem to work really well together, and it seems that he really CARES about getting the car just right for JR. Jr. is doing so well this year, and I really believe HIS day is coming, and when it does I will stand and cheer just as loud and long as I can. Then the JR. haters can go suck an egg!! As a matter of fact, they can go suck one NOW!!!!

  95. Tina on
  96. That was great to see someone really working hard together and not leave them out to dry when it really counted. Yes, Jimmy’s whole crew owe him a win big time, but I don’t think Jr. is the type of guy who wants it given, he wants to really earn fair and square, no cheating of any sort. That’s just not in him to get a win that way. That’s why a lot of fans like him.

  97. Mare on
  98. I’m sure other drivers learned a lesson that sticking with their teammate and not be greedy pays off for their owners, sponsors and drivers. Being second isn’t all that bad with the points system they have this year during the regular season races. Of course it will be different in the chase. I know there are those that differ on that, but being consistant isn’t hard to take

  99. Rand on
  100. Jr will never win another rac..e

  101. Rand on
  102. Mark Martin deserves the flag, he won it for JJ by backing off 24

  103. Diane on
  104. If you heard Dale Jr.’s comment, he said that it was his plan all along to push Jimmie. When Jr. tried the lead, it didn’t work. So, in the end, Jr. was a hero and they played nice as a team.

  105. SouthernGuy8503 on
  106. ACtually Jimmie is the one that learned form JR, Jimmie said that on the show Victory Lane. JR also called off of the shots during the race. JR’s car was also faster, they were faster as a team when JR was pushing and JR said if Jimmie pushed that JR could pull away from Jimmie at only 1/4 throttle. So Jimmie actually learned from JR.

  107. ladyred on
  108. Oh, Danny boy, where are you now? Guess you found out Jr. can race after all! I don’t particularly care for this type of racing but it proved Jr. CAN STILL DRIVE! He just needed a car and a crew chief. I didn’t really want JJ to win but it was Jr’s decision to push instead of trying to get out front…a team player! I do have an issue with Harvick saying “whoever was pushing JJ”…right, like he didn’t know. There is so much jealousy where Jr. is concerned but he doesn’t ask to be the most popular driver, us fans have put him there because he is a great guy besides being one of the best drivers that Nascar has and they know it. I don’t know where some of these nasayers get their information that the Jr. era is over or he is losing fans. Do you not see or hear the crowd when he gets up front? If you have ever been to a track and Jr. has been up front you fear the grandstands are going to fall with the roar that goes up…don’t hear that with any other driver. Look at the points list and see where the
    “great” drivers are right now. Everyone is entitled to their favorite but leave ours alone, he is on his way back to where he used to be…uh, where is he in the points standings? And, try to get to his trailers to buy some of his things. He outsells the rest of them put together, that should tell you something! Enough said!!

  109. Glenn on
  110. Did not Jr say when he was in front he pulled away from jimmie? I thought I heard him say on the scanner that he can run wide open all the way around. So he chose instead to get behind jimmie, (knowing that would give jimmie the win) “Thats what teamates do.” Thanks diane and all those still supporting JR. I will never stop. I was an elliot fan before but have followed jr from the start knowing he would be awesome and he is. One of the last true workin mans drivers out there….. He is 3rd in points too!!!!! GO JR!!!!

  111. SouthernGuy8503 on
  112. RacingWin – I just watched “Race Hub” and Larry Mac made it clear that you’re allowed to touch the yellow line as long as you don’t go below it which Jimmie touched it but didn’t go below it. Also as I said before they only need 2 tires to go below the line not all 4.

  113. SouthernGuy8503 on
  114. Maybe you can work on your typing and spelling, then you can try to talk trash.

    Hey Southern Guy. I researched this today and the Official word is a driver may not have one or more tires completely over both yellow lines — and be in the act of passing. On the line is okay, you just can’t cross both lines.

  115. cheissears1 on
  116. Please, were you watching the same race I was???? JJ did cross over the yellow for a minute but that was to avoid hitting his other teammate Jeff. Give them a break and watch closer next time. I saw different views crossing over the finish line and JJ won it fair and square. Besides, their photo finish pics don’t lie.

  117. SouthernGuy8503 on
  118. You really think Mark meant to back off? They got disconnected, happens all through the race, I high highly doubt Mark did it on purpose, I mean think about it. Gordon’s car was probably faster than Mark’s car just like how Jr’s car was faster than Jimmie’s.

  119. AZomah on
  120. I felt that Martin backed off and moved over to block the 48 and 88. Am I wrong?

  121. AZomah on
  122. Huge 10-4!!

  123. jo-jr on
  124. does anyone really think j.j gave jr , that flag , because , he wanted him to have it? he did that to try and get jr. fans to like him!!!I II went to the ASA races, when he drove in them! did not like him then, and do not like him now! I was a fan of jr”s when , he started , at mrtle beach!! The fans, love jr, because he is a true southern gentleman! he does not drive dirty, and does not cheat!!! Jr. really won that race He had all the speed, and told j j where to go.!!! I do not like that two car racing, but if it stays that way , then both drivers should go to victory lane. Jr should have benn at victory lane ,and j.j and the boss should have told jr. so!!

  125. SouthernGuy8503 on
  126. JR did go to Victory Lane with the 48 team after Rick told him he should.

  127. Bev. on
  128. I am definitely not a Jimmy Johnson fan , but be fair when it is time to be fair . The rule states that you cannot go over the yellow line . If you look closely enough you can still see the yellow line under the tire of J J ‘S car . I see no cause for disallowing JJ the win.

    Mark tried to block but then thought better of it. The 48 and 88 were coming fast, and that would have been a big wreck. He got back in line pretty quick.

  129. SouthernGuy8503 on
  130. Well when I said meant to back off I meant for no real reason, I guess I worded it wrong. But really I think Mark could have blocked JJ without actually backing off Gordon unless Mark thought he might wreck Gordon if they were still hooked. I saw Mark try to block JJ and that’s what I think made JJ touch the yellow line, but I’m just saying that I don’t think Mark backed off of Gordon on purpose unless he thought he would wreck Gordon when sliding over to block JJ. If he didn’t actually back off then something made Mark’s car lose connection, maybe the wind off JJ’s car or something, this is if Mark didn’t back off on his own.

  131. ladyred on
  132. Always have to wonder how people know Jr. drinks all the time and shows up wasted at the track. Do they follow him around all the time to see what he is doing? Just because he owns a club doesn’t mean he is drunk all the time. OMG, some people just have too much time on their hands and their minds run away with them. Wish I knew who their source is so I could get in on all this good gossip…what a soap opera!!!

  133. AZomah on
  134. Ladyred, not to sure they have minds, just want to make Jr. look like a jerk. They do not know anything about Jr. or his fans. Sometimes I want to ignore them, the rest of the time I enjoy making them look like what they are…….

  135. AZomah on
  136. RacingWin and SouthernGuy, thank you for clearing up the 5 car stuff. This elder person likes to know she wasn’t seeing things! LOL!!!!!

  137. AZomah on
  138. Geez! RacingWin, please clean up my mess.

  139. ladyred on
  140. I understand Jr. is a rather private person away from the track so these people that think they know all about him are just whistling in the wind. I don’t waste my time arguing with them but it does tick me off at times to have to read what they say. I guess I’ll never understand why they waste THEIR time tearing down Jr. If you don’t like him don’t bother to get on here and run him down. His fans don’t care about your opinion! I’m sure some of them have no idea what racing is all about…

    Dale did a great job Jimmy need to know that . Will the rest of the compnee do that for jr No !! They are out for there self. Dale will win God will make sure of that . Buddy keep reading the Bible I sent you .

    GOD BLESS
    Love. Ron

  141. SouthernGuy8503 on
  142. Lol well the only thing I was confused about or more of unsure of was if touching the yellow line was also illegal. I saw Larry Mac on “RaceHub” on Monday and RavingWin both said that it’s fine to touch the line, just don’t have 1 tire (usually at least 2 since it’s hard to only have 1 tire on the line) over the line. JJ never went over the line, just touched it. I was actually unsure of that until I watched “RaceHub” when Larry Mac cleared up the specifics of that rule. Also it did look like to me that Mark did force him to go lower when he tried to block so that would make it ok to pass if you were forced down there. That one was made clear with Kyle Busch in the truck race last year when he beat Aric.

    What’s the big deal ?
    NASCAR has made the ruling that your car can meet the yellow line but CANNOT GO BELOW THE LINE…..this was announced by all the guys up in the booth as it was happening. Any time something is that close, there will be questions and if NASCAR clocked the time as 0.002 sec. difference, then who are we to question the system? LIVE WITH IT…..AS THERE’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE A NEXT TIME.
    Congradulations to Jr. for being a team player and Jimmie for being a good garage mate…..

    I’m sure there are JR Nation members who were not SR fans, but that certainly doesn’t include all of us. I have been a SR fan since I was a child. I quickly became a JR fan while he was proving what an exceptional driver he was in BUSCH. JR isn’t SR and has never tried to say that he is. JR is JR, respectful, honest and loyal. Sure SR had flaws, who of us doesn’t. You would be hard pressed to find one in JR. He is as transparent as a glass of water and has continued to hold the admiration and respect of not only his fans, but other drivers and his teammates. GOOOOOOOOOOO JRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

  143. Rick on
  144. Junior losing his ride? Are you insane or living in a dream world? If there were another Bizarro World where Junior lost his ride with Hendricks, every other team in NASCAR would crap on themselves trying to sign him. I hate to hate but damn, are you serious?

  145. Rick on
  146. I am a diehard JR fan but did you actually watch practices for this race and Jimmie’s times pushing Kyle? He can push fine. I think I catch a whiff of insinuations that Jimmie is some kind of liar and he intentionally didn’t push well so he could be in front at the end. How ridiculous. A 5 time NASCAR champion that had never shown an ounce of dishonesty would lie and scheme to win a race. This kind of thinking doesn’t do any good whatsoever to the promoting NASCAR. If you are in this sport, I’m sure you didn’t get here by being a backstabbing manipulator. Focus more on the teamwork and planning and commitment it took for the two of them to finish the way the did.

  147. Rick on
  148. Mark Martin made the biggest mistake in the race without a doubt. He lost contact with Jeff when he tried to block JJ down low. If he would have stayed on JJ’s bumper tucked in tight, would have been a different outcome.

  149. Rick on
  150. I hate to beat a dead horse, but what you are saying is that the only 5 time repeat champion in NASCAR needs JR fans to like him? REALLY? Why? Jimmie needs more money from sponsorships cause he’s broke? Or maybe he is mentally ill and craves the attention of everyone in NASCAR? Or maybe he’s jelous because NO ONE is a fan of his? I am a diehard JR fan and yet I admire every driver in NASCAR. The leve of commitment and determination it takes to do this week after week with all the responsibilities involved with racing and sponsors and community involvement boggles the mind. Seriously, jo-jr, if JR thought like you do, he wouldn’t be all the things you admire about him.

  151. AZomah on
  152. You sound like the guy that called himself eyes wide shut or something like that. You have made several mistakes concerning the driver of the 48 car, but, since it is evident to me that you do not like Jr’s fans——-

  153. marie Fannin on
  154. Great race and these two great guys know what team play is all about.

    I want to know why you the racing fans do not let Nascar know that we do not appreciate SPRIN T CUP DRIVERS in the Nationwide Series I am so sick of them dominating Nation wide I would like to see how these new young lads would do with ou this guys going in and winning andit must be very disapointing for them it spoils the wholeb race and I have stopped watching it they ned a change and these guys have there own race LEAVE THESE YOUNG DRIVERS ON THERE ON AND LETS SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO INSTEAD OF SPOILING THIS ON THEM IF KYLE CARL ETE ETC WANT TO BE IN THE RACE THEN PUT A YOUNG DRIVER IN THEIR CARS!!! LETS MAKE IT FAIR dALE jR DOES UNLESS HE CANNOT GET A DRIVER WHY SPOIL IT FOR THE YOUNG DRIVERS AND US FANS!!!!!!

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