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Jeff Meyer · Wednesday October 5, 2005
Before we start, find the NASCAR fan nearest you, and ask them if Jimmie Johnson was ever at fault for any wreck he was ever involved in.
I'd bet you a box of beverages, 9 out of 10 will drip sarcasm on their chins as they say "Of course not!"
Jimmie Johnson is supposed to be a professional stock car driver. He's one of those new 'Tiger Woods' type protÃ©gÃ©s that was groomed, almost from birth, to be a professional. You would think that with all that grooming, racing in probably just about everything with wheels, he would have more of a mastery of a vehicle at high speeds than the average Joe. Last Sunday, he did. Just ask him!
"It was pretty easy. I was getting a huge push from behind. I've got my hand up waving off the No. 8 (Earnhardt Jr.) and I was on the brakes, trying not to get into the back of the No. 38 (Sadler). And I don't think I got into him but I think I got close enough to him where it loosened him up getting into the turn. But there is only so much you can do when you're getting a push. I'm on the brake trying to get the car slowed down and waving the guy off behind me. I'm not trying to blame the No. 8. There is energy built up behind all these cars and one guy up there on the brakes isn't going to slow it down and the No. 38 got turned around. I feel horrible for it. If I got into him, I'll take responsibility. It's not a big deal to me. I can accept that. But when you're getting pushed, there is not a lot you can do. But it's a little tough when you've got somebody tucked under your butt pushing you as hard as that. I was on the brakes and I just hate that it took out so many cars."
Geez! Where to start?
"It was pretty easy. I was getting a huge push from behind. I've got my hand up waving off the No. 8 (Earnhardt Jr.) and I was on the brakes, trying not to get into the back of the No. 38 (Sadler)." Well, that sounds like Jimmie knows EXACTLY what happened. He got a HUGE push from behind. Obviously, Jimmie, as with any professional, would certainly know a huge bump from behind when he felt it, wouldn't he?
"And I don't think I got into him but I think I got close enough to him where it loosened him up getting into the turn. But there is only so much you can do when you're getting a push." Apparently, Jimmie has a better feel for his car from what he CAN'T SEE behind him than what he CAN see out the windshield! Notice he again mentions the push.
"I'm on the brake trying to get the car slowed down and waving the guy off behind me. I'm not trying to blame the No. 8." Well let's see here Jimmie, you've already mentioned TWICE in 7 sentences that you are waving at the No.8 AND being pushed by him. Who or what else are you trying to blame?
"If I got into him, I'll take responsibility. It's not a big deal to me. I can accept that." Well golly, how admirable and mature of you Jimmie! Hold it! Me thinks me hears a "but" coming on....
"But when you're getting pushed, there is not a lot you can do. But it's a little tough when you've got somebody tucked under your butt pushing you as hard as that." Jackpot! not one, but two "buts" AND, hold onto your hats, TWO MORE pushes! Sure sounds to me like he knows what happened. Or does he...?
Almost as soon as he delivers the above explanation, perhaps he is having second thoughts...
"It's real easy to sit on your couch and point fingers and say so-and-so did something wrong. But until you're out there in these cars at these speeds and seeing all the near misses and what is really going on, it's not worth forming an opinion. I don't know what happened there but all anybody can say is that this is Talladega."
Let me see if I got this straight. I shouldn't form an opinion because I'm not actually in the car to REALLY know what is happening, but he is, so he must know what is going on better than I? Ok, to be fair, let's say I put my opinion on hold for a moment... "I don't know what happened there but all anybody can say is that this is Talladega." WHAT!!!
Now all of a sudden Jimmie doesn't know what happened? I am confused. I want my opinion back!
That was Sunday. Tuesday rolls around...
"I needed to see the video to really understand what took place," said Johnson. "I feel bad, I don't know what else I can say. I started a wreck and took out a lot of good cars. That was the last thing I intended to do and I feel horrible for it."
Johnson went on to say that his intention wasn't to wreck Sadler, but rather "give (Sadler) a push into the turn."
"It wasn't to bump-draft. It wasn't to cause a crash,” he said. "I feel bad about it."
All these explanations from a "professional". Gee Jimmie, I guess after watching the video, you formed the same opinion that I did from my couch (or barstool as the case may be.)
The thing Jimmie Johnson should feel bad about is that the video evidence made him look so stupid!
Stay off the wall, (i.e. pray you don't see #48 in your rear view mirror!)
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Typical Johnson… he is and will always be a dodger…
the 38, 48 and 8 are coming down the straight-of-way
the 8 gives the 48 a big “push” or whatever you want to call it
the 48 gets a huge run on the 38
the 48 gets the 38 loose causing the 38 to get out of the throttle
the 48 hits the brakes as hard as he can but barely touches the 38
since they are now in the turn, the 48 doesn’t hit the 38 square, therefore causing him to wiggle and spin out
the chain reaction causes the 8 to get into the 48 and then all hell breaks loose
Jr himself even said in his interview that â€œsomethingâ€ caused the 38 to check up and then the 48 just stopped. Come on people! Can we please try to remember that the media purposely makes â€œdramaâ€ out of every little thing that they can. They could show us the footage to prove that what Jimmie said was true but why waste the DRAMA!!!!? Of course Jr gave Jimmie a push, heâ€™s the number once culprit when it comes to â€œbump-drafting.â€ You think that he was just sitting back ther ein the straight-of-way thinking, â€œhmmm, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll try to pass this time, I think Iâ€™ll just sit here in 5th place for a while.â€ I DONâ€™T THINK SO!!!! Itâ€™s Talladega, he wants to be up front, he wants to win, those are his peeps that are all cheering for him. â€œI’d bet you a box of beverages,â€ that if we could go back and see what really happened 5 seconds before the accident, weâ€™d all be singing a different tune!!
Did you read the article above quoting Jimmy or did you just jump in with your version of the events that might have happened?
Just in case you missed it, here is Jimmy’s (in his own words) version, “I needed to see the video to really understand what took place,” said Johnson. “I feel bad, I don’t know what else I can say. I started a wreck and took out a lot of good cars. That was the last thing I intended to do and I feel horrible for it.”
Johnson went on to say that his intention wasn’t to wreck Sadler, but rather “give (Sadler) a push into the turn.” “It wasn’t to bump-draft. It wasn’t to cause a crash,â€ he said. “I feel bad about it.” (Quoted from the above article).
Couple of things wrong with your “venture” of the events: 1)JJ did hit Sadler and has since admitted that (remember, he was just gonna give him a “push”); 2) If Jr. did “bump draft” it was on the straitway, where bump drafting works (and in Talledega is needed); 3) and, which is it, did Jimmie “get a huge run” on the 38 or did the 38 check up? The only reason the 38 had to “check up” is because he got hit from behind…
You are right on with your synopsis of the second “big one” caused by Jimmie at Talladega. He and his crew chief think they are so superior….it makes me nauseous!and basically they cheat! – like that commercial for the Speed Channel show – where Chad says “we do what we have to do!” – guess that means wrecking the competition too. How many times is he going to blame someone else when it happens? – JR was right to call him an idiot last time – and he proved it again this time. Hey Jimmie – better get some plate racing lessons before you head to Daytona. All that calling out Harvick in Daytona for bump drafting the corner and wrecking you! – that’s kind of the “pot calling the kettle black” now isn’t it? – Funny, I have seen Harvick run up front in all the plate races since then and he hasn’t caused wreck one??? Can’t say the same for you Jimmie…
Get on over yourself and stand up like a man – instead of the whiney boy that you are!
I had cancelled my charge card from Target and when asked why I told them as long as they sponsor Jimmy Spencer I will not shop there. Sooo glad I get to shop there again. I am not the only one that will not use a sponsors product if I strongly dislike a driver. I even heard of someone refusing their chicken a KFC because they put it in a Jr box. They made them re pack it. Another person will never step foot in a Home Depot as long as they sponsor Tony. I know sponsors are hard to come by and I try to support the ones I can. But we also have the right to protest a driver so they can move on and spend their adv. $$’s better. I have not avoided a sponsor since Spencer but I will stay out of Lowes now and so will my construction field spouse.
2 out of 3 races we have attended this year when my driver was not talking on the scanner I put JJ on and both times I heard him ask his spotter to talk to the spotter of the car ahead of him to pull over and let him by. Both times the spotter had to tell him that if he wants that position he will have to earn it. I wonder how many do go ahead and let him by.
Hell lets see, Jr caused a few wrecks last year, so did Tony, Harvick, Kenseth and lets not forget Robby Gordon (The Bumper King)
I’ve never heard the media come down on “Jr The Untouchable”, but thats beside the point.
This weeks bad guy is Jimmie, and in a few weeks or next year it will be someone else. I think we all forget too convieniently the ones our driver caused.
JJ blew it, and we’ll all get over it.
The one possible exception might be DJ and few other veterans that USUALLY (note, USUALLY!)have the class and integrity to tell it like it is in the first place without trying to blame others.
Give ‘em hell Jeff.
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