"Did they collide again [Sunday]? I don't know, man. I think the media makes a lot more out of it than it really is," Earnhardt said. "We have team debriefings on Tuesdays, and those boys laugh and joke about the stories in the media (that are reported) about it. They get along fine. They get along good."
In some ways, Earnhardt said it is inevitable that the two run into each other more than others might.
"Both of 'em want to be champions. You can't fault them for both being so damn good they keep running into each other," Earnhardt said. "They're battling for the same spots all the time. They're just really good, and they end up meeting each other up front toward the end of a lot of these finishes."
Still, Earnhardt said he's certain that it will all blow over by the next Hendrick debriefing.
"Jimmie's got a great personality and everybody likes Jimmie; and Jeff is Jeff. He's been around a long time and earned everybody's respect," Earnhardt said. "Everybody's going to butt heads once in a while, but they joke around about it during the week. It ain't no big deal -- because (team owner) Rick (Hendrick) ain't gonna let 'em do too much to each other."
Maybe so, but immediately following Sunday's race Gordon didn't sound like he would be getting involved in a group hug with Johnson anytime soon.
"He's been testing my patience and it's about reached its blowing point," Gordon said.
"It's disappointing. I don't think it was a very smart move," Gordon said. "But sometimes these cars get such a shove and get so much momentum, it's more of a coincidence that it was him again. But if you turn your wheel left like that, and somebody's coming, somebody's going to have a problem.
"I did everything I could do to keep from wrecking him. I really did. I saw what he was doing and I knew I couldn't go underneath the yellow line to pass him, so I just checked up. But someone was still pushing me and kind of turned me, and I actually got into him."