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Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

Posted on: August 12, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 10:46 am
 
By Pete Pistone

Nearly a week has passed between last week's Jimmie Johnson-Kurt Busch tangle at Pocono but the time hasn't quieted the feud between the two drivers.

Johnson came out guns a blazing when he met the media Friday morning at Watkins Glen International Raceway and said he's not close to putting his rivalry with Busch behind him any time soon.

The five-time champion gave his opinion on why the on-track incident between the two on Pocono's last lap was one thing but what took place afterward on pit road was what really angered him.

"I'm not sure if any have had words with someone before, but when you're in that moment and you're having words with someone and as the crowd starts to build around, that guy all of the sudden gets brave and when you think it's over and you walk away and that guy gets real tough? I don't know about you, but that really makes me mad," Johnson said to the assembled media.

"Bottom line, he just started running his mouth. If you look at over the years and what his mouth has done for him: It got my biggest fan, Jimmy Spencer, to punch him in the face; it's led to issues with the NASCAR officials on pit road; I think we all tune in weekly and wonder what he's going to say to his crew guys; you look at what he said to Roger Penske, his car owner.

"So that aspect is the part that really got me mad. And at the end of the day, I'm not going to let him run his mouth at me. It's just kind of how it is."

Not only will the duo compete against each other in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at The Glen, they're both entered in Saturday's Nationwide Series event as well. Johnson will drive for JR Motorsports while Busch subs for Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski in the team's Dodge Challenger.

Johnson won't rule out things could boil over but doesn't plan on doing anything to jeopardize the chance to win or damaging his car.

"My first option is not to tear up race cars," he said. "I have too much respect for the guys working on my race cars and too much respect for Roger Penske and his organization to take it out there. That's not my goal, that's not my objective.

"I made zero contact with Kurt at Pocono. Once he hit me, then I leaned on him back. When I went to break the draft, I never touched him. Then he instigated the contact. That's not my goal."

As for how this relationship with Busch will impact his quest for a sixth straight Sprint Cup title once the Chase begins in September, Johnson sais it's going to business as usual and he's ready to focus on the bigger picture.

"There's no secret that there's no love lost between the two of us," he said. "We can do it; we have done it."

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Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:45 am
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

I could care less about Jimmie Jonhson or Kurt Busch, but in this case Jimmie needs to go back and just look at all the highlights and replays. He started it on the race track, he walked to Busch's car, Busch didn't appear to be more emtional when Jimmie was walking off.

Jimmie should be the one letting it go, in fact Busch even sounded more professional in the interviews.

Drop it Jimmie and just go race, your year hasn't been like the past...don't divert the blame.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:40 am
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

And to add to the redneck comment made below... I don't get how this is redneck. #1 Johnson is from CALIFORNIA and doesn't not talk or act like a redneck. NASCAR is slowing getting away from it roots...



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:38 am
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

Win Jimmie is winning he is fine... but when he wrecks someone or gets wrecked he ALWAYS blames the other person. Get over it Johnson.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 9:31 am
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

good lord, i just feel like a redneck reading this crap...

Then you really must feel like a dipshyt taking the time to write about it too.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:15 am
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

i still have no clue why jenny johnson is upset.....its the last lap...for position...i guess he feels that kurt should have let him go....give up the spot and get em next week....i can think of alot of guys that would have put him in the fence then and there....including his "best friend" jimmy spencer.....

nascar has become wwf...its all about subplots and drama these days...the racing is awful campered to 15 20 years ago....restrictor plates...stock cars that in no way look stock..restrictor plates......where does it end? too much money and technology..just like f1...which we seem to dislike for some odd reason...its the same thing fastest cars best strategy wins.....you can put an acerage driver in the 48 and it would still win....put jimmy in the 36 and lets see how he does. 



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:20 am
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

Good to see Flying_Butthead could add a little intelligence to the conversation. 

I'm far from a Kurt Busch fan, but on this one JJ is wrong, and he is sure running his mouth for someone that would get his butt whooped by every driver on the circuit except Jeff Gordon.

BTW Butthead I have evaluated every aspect of my life, and it's good.  I'm sure you were concerned.


I'm so ashamed.



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

I always find it funny when the likes of Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon start yelling. Just because they've won some championships they think that no one can race them hard.

Johnson came over and started getting at Busch. When JJ decided that he had enough was Busch supposed to stop?

Grow a pair JJ, whip him on the track, you look ridiculous. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

Good to see Flying_Butthead could add a little intelligence to the conversation. 

I'm far from a Kurt Busch fan, but on this one JJ is wrong, and he is sure running his mouth for someone that would get his butt whooped by every driver on the circuit except Jeff Gordon.

BTW Butthead I have evaluated every aspect of my life, and it's good.  I'm sure you were concerned.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

I respect that Jimmie Johnson has the most wins on the circuit since he started Cup in 2002 with over 50 and that he's a very good racer, but he doesn't much own up to things when they're his fault.  This indeed was his fault with what happened at Pocono last week.  It's just too bad that those 2 weren't fighting over the win.  It was hard racing and Johnson has no reason to be mad abouit it.  I guess Jimmie would have been pissed off at Ricky Craven, had he been the loser of that 2003 race at Darlington, instead of Kurt Busch. 

A good number of years ago, maybe in 2005 or so, Jimmie caused a massive pile up at Talladega that collected like 20 cars.  Jimmie immediately threw Elliott Sadler got into him and that caused the wreck.  The replays clearly showed that Sadler was about a full car length behind the 48 when he caused the wreck.  Jr was in the wreck and when they got to interviewing him, he called Jimmie Johnson an idiot.

And then at the 1st night race in Phoenix in 2005, Jimmie crashed(my driver) Tony Stewart and then said it was Stewart's fault because Tony brake checked him.  Uh........no.......Tony hit the brakes Jimmie because it's a 1 mile flat track and if you don't brake, you hit the wall.

Take some responsibility Jimmie and maybe people might have more respect for you.  Just sayin' 



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

Johnson aside, KB is a real piece of work in my opinion, and this has nothing to do with what happened last Sunday. He comes across to me like Eddie Haskell on the old "leave it to beaver" series; however, the guy's a dirt bag. Just ask his ex-wife as this classless pos invites his new arm charm to his races....classless. It's not all about you Kurt...


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