NASCAR » 20 April 2010
Johnson Stays in Front
Q. During one part of the race even before half distance, Jeff, you, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were just one, two, and three. How identical was the set up of your cars?
JIMMIE JOHNSON: You know, we're all kind of it's hard to be too far apart in today's world with the rules that NASCAR has, the C.O.T. car, and all that there is. It's really tough to be much different.
With that in mind, we all have different styles and our cars are different with the little things that we can adjust on. So I'd say in general, my car's closer to Mark's than anyone's, but we're still kind of off on our own island.
I know that Jeff had something much different this time coming back and it that seemed to work really well for him. Something we'll have to look at to see if there is anything in there that the 48 car could use.
The 88, I don't know whose set up they put in, because they were in qualifying trim on Friday. I know Junior was a little concerned with no race trim and not knowing where the balance of his car was going to be, and they didn't know what set up really they were going to put in it when the race was called on Saturday. So I'm not sure where those guys ended up, but it was a good performance for each of us.
Q. Jeff said that he was a little bit disappointed with the way you raced him, and I know from hearing your TV interviews it sounded like you weren't too happy with the way he raced you. Can you address what happened before this race, and how you guys kind of settle things I suppose?
JIMMIE JOHNSON: Yeah, I mean, it's going to happen in racing. Doesn't matter if it's teammates or not. There are just times where you're irritated by racing with other guys.
You know, Jeff and I have been racing hard against each other for wins for a long time. We've had this issue in the past, so I really don't see it being a big deal.
I guess he got out and said he was disappointed. So since I have my chance I can equally say I was pretty disappointed with him today. We'll sit down and get it talked out.
In general, we've been through this before, like I said. It's really good that we have open communication that we do at Hendrick, through the good times and the bad. It's made us a stronger team.
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