Man charged after crash hurts 22 NASCAR fans

Nov 02, 2016, 03:43
Man charged after crash hurts 22 NASCAR fans

"We were just exclusively focused on Homestead from that point on", Gordon said. It was at a Chicago test session a few weeks before the Chase began where master crew chief Chad Knaus found something to get the team more speed on the 1.5s - a flawless balanced set-up for the No. 48.

For Johnson and his team, however, they now know that in three weeks they will compete for their seventh championship; a feat only two other drivers - Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt - have achieved in NASCAR history. He's a pretty calm, cool guy, but, boy, when you put that helmet on him and you get him in the race auto, he just becomes another person and takes it to another level.

The aggressive move caused damage to Johnson's vehicle, but he was saved when a torn banner forced NASCAR to call a caution. He also won season titles in 2012 and a year ago. At one point early in the race, Hamlin and Johnson raced hard in the top 10 for several laps before Hamlin put the bumper to Johnson and moved him up the track. Hendrick was far from pleased.

Then the Hendrick organization flipped a switch, built better, faster cars, and Johnson turned it up a notch.

'He stopped and looked at us as and looked me right in the eye and... he said, "F**k this" and drove right down through the middle of the crowd'. I think I had six auto lengths to the 20 [Kenseth] and more back to the 18 [Busch]. I think their chances are pretty good.

I can say with confidence that when next season comes around, yes, I'll be healthy enough to race and the decision to race is really my own. "We know what the stakes are and we felt we got it right". "There are a whole lot of people in the garage that thought they'd be at Homestead that won't be at Homestead".

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Only problem? Johnson has won the last four November races at Texas Motor Speedway, and Kevin Harvick has won six of the last eight races at Phoenix International Speedway.

Further complicating matters, during the caution leader AJ Allmendinger and second-place Jimmie Johnson both ran out of fuel and stopped on the track. It means they are in such good shape, they can play with the field for two weeks. It kicks its program into another gear and saps all the energy out of its opponents.

Kids always try to collect as much candy as they can on Halloween. His attempt to extinguish a potential fire with Harvick previous year at Chicago led Harvick to punch him in the chest before Johnson had even said a word.

Hamlin cursed and spat accusations at Johnson all day Sunday, calling him vile names over the radio and questioning his manhood.

Asked about it after the race, Johnson literally laughed out loud.

"I've been trying to ignore the conversation about seven, but now I can't", Johnson said in Victory Lane.

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At the time, he said he and the others were standing watching people get onto the helicopter when he heard a guy press on the gas and run through the crowd.

"I would rather have won", Gordon said.

But Gordon hopes circumstances won't force him into another substitute role.

"Man, I'm out there to win". When you're hurt, your first reaction is, 'Get me out of this, I don't want to do this anymore'. I was a little disappointed it didn't take off there at the last yellow, but very proud of this team proud of my performance. Johnson has no hashtag about the number of wins. The situation will be different this year; all drivers will be even and the highest finisher will claim the title.

A scoring snafu caused a lengthy caution that left drivers fuming following the Sprint Cup playoff race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday.

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