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RECAP: Jimmie Johnson rolled off the grid 10th at Richmond and immediately began his forward march to the front. By Lap 18, the driver of the No. 48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS was running eighth. Johnson moved into the seventh position by Lap 92 and cracked the top five by Lap 119. The three-time Richmond winner continued to race in the top 10, telling crew chief Chad Knaus that his No. 48 Chevy seemed to be getting better each run. However, soon after that, Johnson reported a tire issues to Knaus and fell off the pace. Johnson was forced to make an unscheduled green-flag pit stop at Lap 290 for fresh tires. Johnson experienced a secondary tire issue with 35 laps to go and finished 32nd.
WALK US THROUGH A HARD NIGHT HERE AT RICHMOND:
“Really thought we had a decent car and was going to run in the top-five, top 10 at the worst. Then we had one run where we cut a right-front and the next run another right-front. Not exactly sure why we had that issue, but we did have back-to-back tire issues there. That really just kind of put an end to our night. We didn’t have anything for the win, but I thought we could run top-five.”
WHERE IS YOUR HEAD DURING A RACE LIKE THAT?
“This track has been tough on us so when it happened I was like ‘alright things like that happen to us here.’ But I know we have some really good race tracks coming up. Looking forward to those tracks. This Chase and the way you can work your way into the Chase is more forgiving than it has ever been. Might have to count on that this year and make sure we get in the Chase a little later than we want.”
OTHER HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS DRIVER FINISHES:Jeff Gordon (2nd), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (7th), Kasey Kahne (14th).
NEXT RACE: Sunday, May 4 at Talladega Superspeedway