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Johnson Stays in Front

THE MODERATOR: We're joined in the infield media center by today's second place finisher, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson. Tell us about your run.
JIMMIE JOHNSON: Yeah, we got to the end there, and I was really excited being on four tires. Being on the inside lane, I thought that we were going to be in a really good position. I really couldn't get going. I lost some positions.
And I tried to run on the outside. I had a lot of luck up top all day. As I went to the top, the splitter started dragging really bad. I jumped over the cushion and almost caught the wall in one and two and lost a couple of spots.
I was really trying to fight my way back or maintain it at that point. Then once the tire pressures came up, the car came to life, it didn't drag the ground, and I started getting guys one a lap, two a lap. Maybe one more lap and I think I could have been alongside the 11 and had a victory today.
But all in all great performance. Wish we could have won here in Texas. Love that cowboy hat. Would love to have it on my head. But very solid performance for us.

Q. Talk about the battle with your teammate Jeff Gordon today. It was a great back and forth, some real tremendous racing here at TMS. It's kind of obvious how it feels. Second year in a row, two car lengths behind victory, and you were the strongest car at the very end here. Talk about how that feels and how you process that?
JIMMIE JOHNSON: Yeah, I forgot about coming so close last year as well. I know we've got a good package here. I think we've been running here well. Took our organization a while to figure on out this racetrack. Then once we got it, things took off and we've been pretty competitive.
So excited about coming back in the fall. I think we'll be a little smarter yet, a little more competitive throughout the entire race, and complete some more laps and hopefully win.
Today was a tough race. I think in general we were trying to get accustomed to the spoiler. It seemed to be tougher to pass in some situations. I think the wake of air was larger and more turbulent. You really had to take a lot of risks to get close to someone.
But I think another couple races on these big tracks, we'll work on the set ups some more and improve the balance of the car in traffic. Also not a lot to complain about for today. Just one more spot better would have been an awesome day.




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