I read an article by SPEED's Jimmy Spencer entitled "What Happened to Accountability" last week. Spencer was critical of Jimmie Johnson's post race excuse for losing to Kevin Harvick at California. Here is a snippet of what Spencer said about Johnson.
"Jimmie Johnson constantly conjures up excuses when someone beats him on the track. Johnson doesn’t do it in a rude or defensive manner, but he does it, and it really gets under my skin. When Kevin Harvick passed him for the win Sunday at Fontana, Johnson stated in several post-race interviews that he couldn’t hold off the No. 29 because it was coming on two fresh tires, while Johnson didn’t pit under that last caution. Well, neither did Harvick. Johnson got beat by four old tires, not two new ones. Misinformation aside, which actually came from crew chief Chad Knaus, Johnson shouldn’t have made excuses as to why he didn’t win. He should have stated how his day went and congratulated Harvick on a job well done. He lost and should have taken it like a man."
I thought Spencer was a little harsh last week when describing Johnson. Spencer can be over the top sometimes with his opinions, which makes him entertaining, but also difficult to take seriously at times. After all, Johnson probably just assumed that Harvick had fresher tires because he was significantly faster. Perhaps he should have asked crew chief Chad Knaus who had fresh tires behind him before using it as an excuse as to why he lost, but I can understand the assumption.
At Martinsville, Johnson was busted for speeding on pit road, and vehemently lashed out of NASCAR following the race.
"I wasn't speeding. They didn't like how it looked, the way I managed my timing lines. There is just no way. People will say whatever, but with the math and the way we know our timing lines, there is just no way," Johnson said after the race.
http://www.nascarracingscene.com/2011/0 ... immie.html
Now, I see what Jimmy Spencer is talking about. Johnson refused to believe that he could have possibly made a mistake. He threw NASCAR officials under the bus, an offense that cost Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman a pretty penny last year. Johnson issued an apology, so it is unlikely that NASCAR will fine him in a similar fashion.
I can understand in the heat of the moment wanting to blast NASCAR for a penalty that cost you a race, but he came across as a whiny victim of NASCAR's conspiracy to stop Jimmie Johnson from winning. If NASCAR did not want Johnson to win, they would have taken action five years ago. He should have taken that penalty like a champion, or in his case, a five-time champion.
NW: 7, 31, 3, 11, 60, 88, 12
Trucks: 9, 88, 3, 7, 17, 31
IRL: 10, 11, 12, 26, 3, 38, 27
RIP Dan Wheldon
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