Last week's sometimes testy radio communication between Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus drew perhaps more attention than the five time champion's 18th place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
But Johnson said there are no problems with the chemistry between the two or inside the Hendrick Motorsports team despite the harsh words exchanged last week in Loudon.
“No, nothing off of this," Johnson said in his media session Friday morning at Dover International Speedway. "After 10 years of working together, there are plenty of things that we know about each other and a lot of discussions that have taken place. There hasn’t been anything more than normal. I mean, when you work with someone as long as we have, for over 10 years now, there are hot spots and buttons that can be pushed that send someone over the edge. We know what took place last weekend and he knows at times I can be frustrated with his cheerleading. That is what I said on the radio. So, it’s nothing new to us."
Johnson understands that the exchange has been perceived as a sign of internal strife with the 48 team in the opening of their challenge for a sixth straight championship. But Johnson reiterated it is business as usual in his camp.
"I know a lot of people are reacting to it and think that it is something abnormal," he said. "There’s a lot of other instances throughout the last 10 years where stuff like this has gone on and during our review of races and review of things and how to be a better group-a better team; we talk about this stuff all the time. So, yes it wasn’t our finest moment on Sunday, but, it is what we deal with. It’s been part of what we’ve been dealing with for 10 years.”
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