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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: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

Johnson is a protege of one of the biggest whiners of all, Jeff Gordon. (I still remember the classic whine of Gordo at either Daytona or Talledega that "No one will race with me....wahhhh").  At least Gordo has grown up a little bit over the last few years and risen above the whining.  Hopefully Jimmie's full maturity is not too far off as well.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

The Busch brothers are both a bunch of punks. F#ck with the wrong guy and you will be laying there all slumped up snoring away. I would smack that chump right on the chin it might cost me $50,000 but worth every penny.



Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

Stop your crying Johnson, you are such a little b!tch... All you do is whine about how everyone else is doing you wrong. Grow up you baby!!! I wish someone would just slam you into the wall.



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

Busch is such a punk, I can't stand that guy! Always running his mouth! Johnson is already a favorite of mine but if he were to knock out that idiot, he would no doubt be my favorite driver.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

Busch is just a little jealous that he isn't half the driver Jimmie is! That's all!





Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

Johnson sais it's going to business as usual and he's ready to focus on the bigger picture.

REALLY?  you guys writing these articles dont know how to use spell check ....  real pros.




Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

As much as people hate this and as much as people fear this...Jimmie Johnson could win this thing again.  He is starting to run very well.  And as the old cliche goes...don't wake up a sleeping giant...Kurt, why anger him?  Why give him extra motivation?  I want to see him win it again to anger everyone.  GO 48



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

I hope they crash each other and bring little brother with them.  I'm sick of the Jimmy Johnson show, and I sure don't want to see a Busch Show, either, unless his first name is Anheiser.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

Busch is just a wannabe tough guy, wannabe champion!  It takes confidence, not arrogance, to win championships!  That dude will never learn.



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Jimmie Johnson still mad at Kurt Busch

get a life johnson, a champion must have class, not whine all the time



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