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Jimmie Johnson and Chas Knaus, Hendrick Motorsport - Q&A

I try to study as much as I possibly can. I spent some time on pit road and walked up and down pit road a little bit. Watched what some of the other teams were going through and what was happening. I don't analyse it a whole lot because the strategy is so different.

I'm not very good at Nationwide racing, So I don't really understand what they do. But they did have the same tyre; it was the same racetrack, so I was able to get an idea of what was happening with the tyre wear. But that was really all I paid any attention to.

Q:
Johnson, Gordon, it's basically over for him. He's 69 points out now. Finishes 38th, I think. What's it feel like when you're in a situation like he is where he wins last weekend, feels like he's got a Hail Mary chance to win a championship, then you show up here pretty confident. I think Rick said he felt really good after the test you guys had, and then it goes out the door like that with a blown tyre?

Jimmie Johnson:
I haven't had a chance to catch up with him yet, but I can only imagine the disappointment. To be off to a slow start through the year and to rally and showed great speed at different times, and then the whole Richmond thing. He thinks he's out and then he's in. As he said, playing with house money. Things were really going his way. Wins last weekend, so I would assume that it's just been a steady build-up of confidence and anticipation for a shot at a championship, and then, boom, it's gone.

So I would imagine pretty disappointed, for sure. I'll definitely reach out to him and check on him.

Transcript courtesy NASCAR. FastScripts by ASAP Sports.



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