Jimmie Johnson apparently wants revenge on Brad Keselowski after Kentucky wreck

first_imgBrad Keselowski spins Jimmie Johnson on the restart! pic.twitter.com/dCvnLWZhmV— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) July 12, 2020Here’s another look at Jimmie Johnson’s late spin after contact with Brad Keselowski: pic.twitter.com/RY3l2ChWWF— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) July 12, 2020The 44-year-old was too late, as Keselowski had already snuck his right front bumper under Johnson’s left-rear quarterpanel. Contact between the two cars sent Johnson spinning into the Kentucky Speedway infield.Johnson ended up finishing 18th while Keselowski finished ninth. Rookie driver Cole Custer won the race with an aggressive last-lap pass.MORE: Complete highlights from Sunday’s Cup raceNeither Johnson nor Keselowski was interviewed by Fox’s TV crew after the race, but the former took to Twitter to express his apparent frustration with how the restart in front of Keselowski played out.I thought today was our day, @DanielsCliff & the @allyracing boys brought me a great car. 🤬. I do look forward to my next restart behind @keselowski though.— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) July 12, 2020And the latter told his team on the radio that Johnson was to blame.#NASCAR: Brad Keselowski on radio after contact with Jimmie Johnson:“This is ridiculous. Run me off the race track. I don’t run people off the racetrack.”— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) July 12, 2020Keselowski’s complete explanation, courtesy of Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass, was given after the race:”They launched together, the inside lane (Ryan) Blaney (in first place) and Jimmie, and they stretched and then they started to slow down, and as they slowed down I just had a huge run and I made a move to the inside. I was turning down towards the grass. I might have had a foot or two, but I couldn’t go much lower, and I don’t know if he was trying to turn down to get underneath Blaney, but he turned down, and I was too far forward. That was kind of unavoidable contact at the time.”I don’t know. I hate that I ruined his day. I don’t necessarily know what to do different. If I had stayed in line and just pushed him, I was gonna get gobbled like I did on the last restart, so just part of the mayhem with these restarts. … Everybody knows that the only real chance you have to pass is on a restart, and it’s a give-and-take fest.”Brad Keselowski on the incident with Jimmie Johnson: #nascar ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ pic.twitter.com/ToSLjl6xWY— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 12, 2020For what it’s worth, Fox TV analyst Jeff Gordon — who is a former Hendrick Motorsports teammate of Johnson and who notably ignited a brawl when as a driver he tried to fight Keselowski after a race in 2014 — did not assign blame to the Team Penske driver on the broadcast. Gordon made the point that Keselowski was in a position where it made little sense to lift at that point in the race. Jimmie Johnson on Sunday thought he was on the verge of his first NASCAR Cup Series win in three years.Restarting third with just 19 laps to go in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, the seven-time Cup champion was stuck on what had become a detrimental inside line, but shortly after setting the race’s fastest lap time, he knew he had a car worthy of beating Martin Truex Jr. and/or Ryan Blaney in front of him. Then Brad Keselowski got a big jump on the restart from fifth behind Johnson, ducking to the inside right after the start/finish line. Johnson blocked — or so he tried. Of course, Keselowski had no problem helping a fellow Ford driver when he gave Kevin Harvick pushes on the final two restarts (granted, in the preferred, outside lane). Johnson, a Chevy driver, was not given that luxury with 19 to go.Johnson’s next chance to “restart behind Keselowski” could come Wednesday night in the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. A non-points race at a short track indeed would be the perfect place to exact whatever revenge Johnson feels he needs.The next points race on the Cup Series schedule comes Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.last_img