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Johnson apologizes to NASCAR

Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:21 am
Edited on: April 5, 2011 11:22 am
 
By Pete Pistone

Jimmie Johnson had some strong words for NASCAR after Sunday's pit road speeding violation knocked him from contention to win the Goody's Fast Relief 500. But two days later, Johnson reversed course a bit and apologized to the sanctioning body.

“The fact of the matter is we were wrong,’’ Johnson said during a media teleconference on Tuesday. “I was misinformed and referring to a segment that I knew I could not get busted in, I thought that’s where we were busted, but at the end of the day that wasn’t the segment we got in trouble on.”

Johnson did stand by his opinion that NASCAR making pit road speeds public would enhance the sport particularly for fans.

“I’ve made this point before and still think it’s a very valid point that if the pit road segment times were broadcast live for everyone to review it would eliminate this finger pointing. At the end of the day, it’s probably not good for me to climb out of the car and call NASCAR’s credibility into judgment and I apologize to NASCAR for that. When you’re only dealing with part of the information and you’re in the heat of the moment it’s easy to react.”

Johnson was penalized for exceeding the pit road speed of 30 mph Sunday. With the five mile per hour tolerance NASCAR builds into the speed allowed, Johnson was pegged at 35.53 mph during a critical late race pit stop and assessed the penalty that in effect took him out of contention for the win.

While Johnson stands by his view of making the information more public he felt he was still out of line if his remarks put NASCAR’s credibility in question.

As for a possible fine from the sanctioning body, Johnson said “If I’ve got to pay a fine, I’ll pay it. I feel like I’m entitled to my opinion, right or wrong. I guess I was right on the area I was talking about but wrong in the scheme of things. If I said something that I’ve got to pay a fine, I’ll pay it. It is what it is. I just hope they put my money to good use.’’

 

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Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2011 12:29 am
 

Johnson apologizes to NASCAR

The fact of the matter is we were wrong,’’ Johnson said during a media teleconference on Tuesday. “I was misinformed and referring to a segment that I knew I could not get busted in, I thought that’s where we were busted, but at the end of the day that wasn’t the segment we got in trouble on.”

Notice how Jimmy says 'we' in these statements?  'We' this and 'We' that.  It is almost as if he is not wanting to own up here.  To me 'we' is implying a plurality here.  Since when does 'we' drive the car?  Is it 'we' who sets the rpm when the pace car brings the racers down pit lane before the race?  I wonder if five-time Jimmy is still ragging on the officials in a snarky way?  Racers often blame everyone else except themselves, when ultimately it is their wrong doing.  How easy it would have been for Jimmy to say, "The fact of the matter is 'I' was wrong", "I thought that was where 'I' was busted", "At the end of the day thats wasn't where 'I' got busted."  That wouldn't have been hard at all, but instead, it was 'we' 'we' 'we'.  Someone else was wrong, not Jimmy.



Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Johnson apologizes to NASCAR

As always he's sorry.  Always sorry when he gets caught.  Look it up, he has a history of doing this.
Jr, Nascars favorite son has a history of this to.  Nascar fans don't get all upset over it do they?  Of course not.  So does Kyle Busch.  But then again a lot of folks can't stand him.  bad example.  Point is.  They all have a history of having to apologize.  When your the 5 time defending champion you get noticed a lot more.  If you take the time to look it up you will find many drivers are just as guilty.



















Thats just Jr.  Everyone take a driver and look him up.  Might be interesting what we find by the time its all said and done.  If Jr can do all the things he has done and people still love him, I say quit whinning about what all the others do.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Johnson apologizes to NASCAR

If my local, podunk police department can post a bunch of "Your Speed Is ... " warning signs on the roads, you'd think NASCAR could afford a few for pit row, eh?  That way the drivers would know, the public would know, and we'd have no more of this BS.  Instead, NASCAR will have to find other ways of jerking the drivers and public around -- templates that change by an eighth of an inch for the post-race inspection, perhaps, or new rules on restrictors implemented after Happy Hour, or having an additional two drivers voted into "The Chase" by a combined vote of fans and selected automotive writers across America ...

It would just make too much sense, after all, for NASCAR to have an open, transparent, egalitarian system. 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 8:01 am
 

Johnson apologizes to NASCAR

“The fact of the matter is we were wrong,’’ Johnson said during a media teleconference on Tuesday. “I was misinformed and referring to a segment that I knew I could not get busted in, I thought that’s where we were busted, but at the end of the day that wasn’t the segment we got in trouble on.”
I noticed lately that drivers are going fast in portions of pit road, and Johnson's statement pretty much confirms that. Heck I think it was Kyle Busch sped up to pass someone, then slowed down before the timing lines. Easy fix, timing lines run the entire length of pit road. No speeding up in certain areas and slowing down in others. Maintain you speed all the way down  Pit Road.

Oh, and give these guys speedometers for crying out loud, just for pit road. Why make them use RPM's to guestimate their actual speed.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:21 pm
 

response to Winner86

The one thing that helps clarify things is communication.  In this case Jimmy was talking about "Over here" and NASCAR was talking about "Over there".  In the end NASCAR will work things out.  Who ever asked about the possibility of a "Fine" on the reigning 5 time champion is Ludicrus and I do not mean the rapper.

30 MPH in the pits is crawling, up the speed a bit, keep the racing on the track!






I believe the rapper spells his name 'Ludacris' and had you spelled ludicrous correctly we would've known what you meant.  Maybe 30 MPH in the pits is crawling but NASCAR gives the drivers a 5 MPH buffer, so in this case 35 MPH, and he exceeded that!  I agree with you: keep the racing on the track, not in the pits.  That's why there's a SPEED LIMIT!!!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 8:44 pm
 

J.J. apologizes

Dyn-O-Mite!



Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Johnson apologizes to NASCAR




Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Johnson apologizes to NASCAR

Much ado about nothing.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Johnson apologizes to NASCAR

As always he's sorry.  Always sorry when he gets caught.  Look it up, he has a history of doing this.



Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Johnson apologizes to NASCAR

Jimmy is my favorite driver in the bunch although I have to agree with one of the earlier posts we do miss KING PETTY.


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