Driver able to attend event to see daughter after early exit Jimmie Johnson has had early exits over the past few weeks, getting eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Dover and leaving the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte early on Sunday after having issues with his No. 48 Chevrolet. At least the latter had a benefit. Falling out of the race had its perks. #MadeIt pic.twitter.com/LvrEWDqhEV — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) October 11, 2015 Johnson finished 39th Sunday, but was able to sneak away in time to see his daughter, Genevieve, walk the runway at a special event.
Thank goodness Jimmie Johnson 's sense of humor is as keen as his racing skills and that his life perspective balances his competitive zeal. After experiencing rare back-to-back poor finishes (41st at Dover and 39th at Charlotte) and being eliminated from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after just the first round, Johnson took the time to engage and indulge his critics on social media this week. The exchanges are both amusing and telling. And typically head-shaking. This week on Twitter, someone accused him of "only helping the 88 (teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr .)", which the person felt was shameful "after all the 24 (teammate Jeff Gordon ) has done for you." And then the person told the six-time champ and 74-time race winner, "you suck." Others jumped into the Twitter conversation to defend Johnson , who said -- tongue-in-cheek -- "I thought I'd get a little slack with the back to back parts failures. Guess not." In fact, it is an extremely rare thing for Johnson's No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet to suffer such mechanical problems and particularly in back-to-back weeks. It is not, however, the first time. Way back in 2004, he had three consecutive engine failures with finishes of 36th (Indianapolis), 40th (Watkins Glen) and 40th (Michigan). In 2007, he crashed two straight weeks, earning 37th and 39th-place results at Chicago and Indianapolis, respectively, prior to earning his second Cup championship title. Last year, he scored back-to-back 42nd-place finishes because of crashes in July races at Daytona and New Hampshire. Those are the only other instances in 14 seasons (501 starts) that Johnson has posted back-to-back finishes comparable to the forgettable two-week run he's currently on. Two weeks ago at Dover he called the faulty axle seal -- which eliminated him from the championship Chase -- a "freak accident." And on Sunday, his Chevy was sidelined again, this time for an oil pump problem. Johnson is the modern era standard of excellence -- his five consecutive titles from 2006-2010 unprecedented. Not having him competing for the Sprint Cup Series championship should feel like a trophy-gimme for those more accustomed to having to overtake him. "Seeing Jimmie get eliminated by a mechanical part failure is really kind of disheartening as a competitor,'' Brad Keselowski told FOX Sports 1. "You want to beat him on the track as a driver and a team." Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Earnhardt agreed that the absence of Johnson as a title contender "feels weird." While a record-tying seventh Sprint Cup trophy will have to wait another year, expect Johnson to drive like a guy with nothing to lose on a path of redemption that has largely ended in Victory Lane. At a time when a win is so vital for the other Chase contenders, there's no one more likely to crash the party. Johnson's 22 combined wins at the next six Chase venues is tops in the series. He won at this week's stop, Kansas Speedway already this season, finished runner-up at next week's venue, Talladega Superspeedway , in the spring and has won the previous two races at the Texas Motor Speedway , where the Chase heads on Nov. 8. If you think it's a rough week on Twitter when when Johnson isn't competitive, imagine what will happen when the team gets back into the groove. Fortunately, he can handle it. A little victory champagne and some confetti makes for a fantastic rebuttal.
DOVER, Del. – Jimmie Johnson 's NASCAR premier series career is a story of numbers. Wins? He's at 74 and counting, eighth most in the series and second among active drivers. Championships? Six, trailing only the seven won by NASCAR Hall of Fame members Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Second-place finishes? He's got 46 of those, also second most among active participants. The only item that Johnson can't put a number on involves retirement. "No, I do not have a number and I have not picked a number," Johnson said Friday at Dover International Speedway , site of Sunday's AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR). "As a kid growing up racing and as I got in the sport, I didn't say 'when I get to this age, I'm going to step down.' I haven't had that conversation and have not picked a number with my wife and said, 'OK honey, this is the point that I am going to stop.' It's really based on feel, and I have Chani's support on that as well. "When I feel like it's time, I am going to make that decision. Certainly (I) don't feel like it's time now." That may be bad news for his fellow racers. Johnson is the only driver to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup every year; he's won multiple races every year since his first full season in 2002 and he has finished outside the top five in points only twice during his 14-year career. In a sport that changes constantly, Johnson and success have been linked since Day 1. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon , 44, is stepping aside at year's end. Fellow series champion Tony Stewart , also 44, has announced that 2016 will be his last as a Sprint Cup Series driver. "I remember watching Rusty (Wallace) pick a number and then remember talking to (him) in years following that and I still think he's mad he stopped," Johnson said. "I think he feels like he could be out here racing with us and winning races. "So conversations with him, with Dale Jarrett, with other guys ... I have always been curious. Why, when, what tells you to stop? Mark (Martin) tried a half dozen times to retire and couldn't walk away. "So I want to make sure I do it once and not keep coming back." What he's looking for, he said, is "the moment." "That moment that you say, ‘Alright, it's time.' When that shows up, then I will step down." The final race in this year's Challenger Round is set for Sunday. It will be Johnson's 500th career start, and his fifth-place points position makes him a shoo-in to be one of the 12 drivers who advance into the Contender Round. Becoming a member of Hendrick Motorsports , paired with sponsor Lowe's and crew chief Chad Knaus, the success that followed has "been a life-changing experience," Johnson said, "something I dreamed of. "But I still couldn't have dreamed this big and have this much take place for us."
RELATED: Johnson's post-race reaction to being eliminated DOVER, Del. -- Once the crowd cleared, Jimmie Johnson walked around to each member of his crew on pit road, giving them a pat on the back and "good job," following his 41st-place finish in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway . His dreams of a seventh title in the 2015 season had been washed away, his finish eliminated the No. 48 team from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- coincidentally in what was his 500th premier series start. The result marked Johnson's worst finish in his career at Dover, a track that he's dominated in years past, reaching Victory Lane a series-best 10 times. "It just wasn't meant to be," Johnson said on pit road after the race. "It's unfortunate. I feel for my team, I feel for Hendrick Motorsports , Lowe's, Chevrolet." Trouble began stirring around Lap 104 when Johnson felt something breaking in his car while running 16th. "It was instantaneous for me," Johnson recalled. "I was coming down the frontstretch and it just started vibrating, the right rear hub I guess started seizing up because the fluid was out of it. It was just metal on metal shaking." A broken rear axle seal was revealed as the culprit of Johnson's Monster Mile misfortune -- a part that Johnson said retails for around $5. "It's really horrible, it's a simple piece," Johnson said. "We're always very cautious, these axles come in and out of the car. I think I had one go in practice earlier this year. Maybe five in my whole career have ever gone." The faulty part sent Johnson behind the wall for nearly 30 minutes, as every member of the No. 48 team -- and even a few No. 88 crew members -- feverishly worked to get the car back on track. They returned to the track in last place, 37 laps down. But as the race continued, Johnson's daunting task became an uphill battle -- a monster that even "Six-Time" couldn't tame. "I really didn't have anything to fight for," Johnson said. "It was completely out of my control with how many laps we were down. Just a matter of what went on. "But then 20-30 minutes of being back on the track, I could see the flow of the race. Guys were minding their manners pretty well on the track, a lot of green flag runs, so I kind of felt like we were in big trouble." Mechanical issues have been few and far between for the No. 48 team in the past. Johnson's six championship titles prove that, his cars under guidance of crew chief Chad Knaus and his notoriously meticulous nature. But as Johnson showed today, even something as simple as an axle failure can happen to anyone. "As I worry about things, I worry about a flat, I worry about a pit call, I worry about hard racing, something going on -- I don't worry about an axle seal failing," Johnson said. "It's just not on your radar. "You just take things for granted. There's so many parts and pieces on these cars and you take for granted what they all do." No. 4 crew chief Rodney Childers, who won Sunday's race at Dover with driver Kevin Harvick , attested to that after the race. "Honestly, it's one of the things that is the scariest of everything that race teams deal with," Childers said in the post-race press conference. "... You think that race teams worry about engine trouble or things like that. But these axle seal problems, they happen all the time, and a lot of times you don't hear about them." With a win at Dover, Childers and Harvick will continue on to the Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , vying for a second straight title for the No. 4 team. But while the hunt for a seventh championship title is over for Johnson this season, the chance remains for his Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr ., who advanced to the next round. And Johnson's own desire to win races remains furiously intact. "We had a very, very fast race car today, the past three or four weeks we've had very competitive cars," Johnson said. "We want to win races, that's what the rest of the season is for us. "Help our teammates advance, help our teammates win the championship."
Debating the Johnson -Harvick incident, who will win the Chase RELATED: Subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated " Harvick shoves Johnson post-race After a rollicking start to the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway , we move on to the tighter confines of New Hampshire with the possibility of more confrontation. With visions of Robby Gordon and Michael Waltrip coming to mind -- helmet toss, anyone? -- intensity always seems to amp up when the races left start to dwindle. Was Kevin Harvick right, was Jimmie Johnson wrong? Can’t we all just get along? We roll along now into this week’s installment of Herman Unplugged: NASCAR ILLUSTRATED: You were dead-on a few weeks back here in predicting Kevin Harvick 's mental and physical tactics coming into play once the Chase started. Was his punch warranted after the incident with Jimmie Johnson though? HERMAN: "No, and it made me sick to my stomach. I know that these two are somewhat friends, they both have children and both are champions. I know for a fact and in my heart that Jimmie didn't say, 'Hey, I’m gonna flatten your tire.' I thought Jimmie was trying to make it right. He felt his relationship with Kevin was strong enough and he was going to address the issue. Props to the NBC camera people because we wouldn't have seen all this otherwise. What made me sick was you could tell how shocked Jimmie Johnson was and the way that Kevin reacted. I hated it for both of them." NI: Do you think it was done for the purpose of intimidation or gamesmanship? HERMAN: "No, because everybody in the garage area knows that Jimmie is involved in sports therapy and he's got a Green Beret type mentality. You're never gonna get Jimmie ; that's why you just can’t get to him. I guarantee you that Jimmie has already psychologically figured out how to get over it, whether from the sports therapist or in some of the lessons that he learned. I think that was a natural reaction from Kevin Harvick . It could be a meeting of the psychological minds because Kevin's into therapy, too. In professional modern day sports, it’s in your best interest to pay a handful of thousands of dollars a year to talk to a sports therapist. They teach you how to focus, be positive and ignore social networking. All of us are a little fragile or we're a little too strong." NI: The after effect of these incidents especially in the Chase is this provides a wonderful promotional tool and NASCAR will want to make the most of it. It's like wrecks, too. Are you OK with that promotional aspect of things? HERMAN: "Yes I am and let me tell you why. We are in a new era in life. You cannot believe the ratings for this UFC fighting. People love cage fighting. It's a little crazy to think but people like death and destruction whether they admit it or not. I was just at Berlin Raceway in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the promoter Don DeWitt told me that one of his biggest moneymakers was cage fighting on the front straightaway. We have to do something to reinvent ourselves. The foundation of NASCAR is something of an old template. A car going around in circles is very boring for the human right now. So they're going to tune in to see a fight or a wreck. They are not gonna tune in, and it's sad to say, people don't tune in anymore to watch cars go in circles. They tune in to watch cars battle, bump, fight and wreck." NI: One race into the Chase and you can have Joe Gibbs Racing or the field as this year's champion. Who are you going with and why? HERMAN: "I'm gonna go with Joe Gibbs Racing because it seems to me that whatever they have it's not shaken, it's not going away. If I'm in a fight and I have a gun, I want as many bullets as I can get. And they got four -- and all four of them are capable. Some people are taking all four Gibbs cars -- Johnny Roberts, my comrade at FOX Sports, he's not an idiot, he took all four to be in the final round at Homestead." SUBSCRIBE NOW!
RELATED: Hamlin wins Chase opener " Can Harvick recover? Appearing on the "Dan Patrick Show" Monday morning, race winner Denny Hamlin gave his take on Sunday's Kevin Harvick - Jimmie Johnson incident -- who was in the wrong, and who would win in a boxing match. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver had different answers for both. "I would have Kevin," Hamlin said when asked about the two drivers squaring off in the ring. "I'm with Jimmie on this incident, but I'm with Kevin if you're gonna have to box. I think he's probably more experienced. Kudos to Jimmie for kind of being the better man there and just kind of walking away." On-track contact between Johnson's No. 48 and Harvick's No. 4 left Harvick with a smoking tire, eventually resulting in his car spinning and smacking the outside wall. It left the 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion with a 42nd-place finish, and he's in danger of not advancing out of the Challenger Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Johnson went to Harvick's motorhome in the driver's lot for a post-race explanation, and was given a hard punch to the chest when Harvick confronted him. "Usually things like this, what happens is Kevin goes in there, gets his car half-assed fixed and he goes out there and tries to wreck Jimmie ," Hamlin said. "That's how it's gone the last few years, but it didn't happen. I appreciate that part of what Kevin did, he kept it professional on the race track. "In my opinion, Kevin didn't leave Jimmie any room, and Kevin had a lot of room on the outside. It was just hard racing." RELATED: See a photo timeline of the incident
Jimmie Johnson goes to pit road with car issues and has to go to the garage to make repairs at Dover International Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson talks about being eliminated from contending for the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Presenting NASCAR content from around the web Editor's note: On Wednesday at noon ET, "High 5" will present some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. 1. Water, water everywhere ... Well, at least a little bit, according to NASA, which reported on Monday that it had found signs of liquid water on Mars. Water! Strong evidence that liquid water flows on present-day Mars. Details: http://t.co/0MW11SANwL #MarsAnnouncement pic.twitter.com/JNksawz2iN — NASA (@NASA) September 28, 2015 Scientists are pointing to streaks called recurrent slope linaes, which have been spotted extensively on the planet. This is huge news in the scientific community, as water presence suggests an environment that could support human life. Awesome! But if only science were a give-and-take situation -- we could have solved this a while ago. Mars, you give us awesome aliens, we give you rain water that's probably still "weeping" at Kentucky Speedway from July. 2. Flying tempers Forget fly balls --- tempers were the ones flying in Sunday's Nationals-Phillies game. Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon didn't care for teammate Bryce Harper's lack of a hard run after a fly ball. And when Harper hit the dugout, Papelbon let him have it. Jonathan Papelbon attacking Bryce Harper? Jonathan Papelbon attacking Bryce Harper. pic.twitter.com/T2qof97Ymh — Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) September 27, 2015 Blood pressure was also running high after Saturday night's XFINITY Series event at Kentucky Speedway . Brian Scott , unhappy with Darrell Wallace Jr . post-race, approached the No. 6 car and stuck his head in to ... have a chat? We'll let you all make that call. RELATED: Scott, Bubba get physical post-race at Kentucky 3. Divine intervention? Pope Francis is a powerful individual. So powerful that Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly credited Francis with the Eagles' win over the New York Jets on Sunday -- shortly after the Pope landed in Philadelphia. The Eagles were 0-2 before the matchup. "That the Pope helped us? That's 100 percent true," Kelly said jokingly on Sports Radio 94 WIP Monday. "If you watched what we did in the second half, we were trying to get the game over quicker so we could come back and see him." The Eagles aren't the only team that has been looking for a miracle as of late. Both Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer likely need a win to advance to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . RELATED: Chase Bubble Watch after New Hampshire Well, one of them could win this week at Dover to nab a spot -- the other one just needs a visit from Pope Francis, right? 4. Gym rats The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James may have gotten a bit crazy with his workout schedule in the off-season. The 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward told reporters during the team's media day on Monday that he had been doing "three-a-days five days a week" in preparation for the season. If each workout spanned two hours each, that would mean King James spends a quarter of each workout day pumping iron. Jimmie , you better step it up. Oh wait, guess you did with a 100-mile bike right FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY. I don't know about you guys, but I celebrate my birthday by eating cake, not riding bikes. But hey, you do you, JJ -- guess you're called "Six-Time" for a reason. 5. Head-butting Brad Keselowski wasn't the only athlete to disagree with an official this weekend. RELATED: Mixed reviews for Keselowski's restart penalty Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton disagreed with veteran NFL referee Ed Hochuli's non-call of an alleged late hit on the quarterback during Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Despite winning the game 27-22, Newton is still upset over the call, saying Hochuli told him he was "not old enough to get that call." "I didn't think you had to have seniority to get a personal foul or anything like that," Newton said after the game. According to the NFL Network, Hochuli denied saying that to Newton, but if Newton's allegations turn out to be true, Hochuli could be eventually reprimanded. Uh oh.
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the rain-delayed Bank of America 500 : 1. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano led a career-high 227 laps on Sunday en route to his first Charlotte victory. He advances to the next round of the Chase. " 1-on-1: Logano discusses victory, locking in Eliminator Round spot 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick was quiet on the radio with 22 laps to go Sunday as he continually tried to chip away at Logano's lead. 3. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex held on to notch his best Charlotte result despite brushing the wall and developing a front-end handling issue with 52 laps to go. " RELATED: Truex discusses Charlotte run 4. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin flipped to his backup battery with about 100 laps left in Sunday's race and outran concern that even his backup battery was experiencing issues. 5. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Kurt Busch spent most of Sunday quietly running inside the top 10 and keeping himself in contention for the next round of the Chase. 6. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Edwards started eighth and was a steady presence in the top 10 en route to his 12th top-10 of the season. 7. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon won Friday's XFINITY race at Charlotte and then on Sunday posted his best Cup performance at the 1.5-mile track. 8. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon held steady in his final race at Charlotte, site of his first career Cup victory in 1994. 9. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Keselowski held ninth during the last 19 laps despite a loose wheel. 10. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola used his best Charlotte finish to score his fifth top-10 of the year. 11. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer stayed out during green-flag stops to lead Lap 234 before settling back into the top 15. 12. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Under caution on Lap 195, McMurray told his team that his car was pretty good until it got into oil and he lost position on a track where passing was difficult. 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse earned the beneficiary pass during the final caution period and rolled on to match his second-best finish at Charlotte. 14. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford. Wood Brothers Racing . A native of nearby High Point, North Carolina, Blaney scored his best Charlotte result and third top-15 of the year. 15. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Just prior to the sixth caution flag, Newman sustained right-side damage after Matt Kenseth cut across his nose on his way into the wall. " RELATED: Is Newman in bubble trouble? 16. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger overcame early damage sustained when he made contact with another car on Lap 193 and knocked in his right-side fenders. 17. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish stretched his pit window in the closing 100 laps when he stayed out during green-flag stops to lead twice for 22 laps around Charlotte. 18. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears held on after a tight-handling condition developed late in Sunday’s race and sent him into the fence. 19. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick worked with her team on the handling of her car and benefited from long green-flag runs en route to her best Charlotte finish. 20. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . "He was never going to make the commitment cone anyway," Busch said said after making contact with Kyle Larson near the entrance of pit road. Busch, then running in the top five, made a late decision to skip pit road, while Larson did just the opposite. " RELATED: Busch disappointed after rough day at Charlotte 21. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. "Please apologize as much as you can," Larson radioed his crew after making a late decision to hit pit road during the eighth caution period and collecting Chase contender Kyle Busch in the process. " For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView and/or Scanner today 22. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne made an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 71 just prior to the fourth caution flag for a right-front wheel vibration. 23. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill held out during green-flag stops and ran as high as third on Lap 131 before finally making his green-flag stop. 24. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle struggled to recover track position after making an unscheduled stop on Lap 90 for a loose wheel. 25. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . In his fourth Charlotte outing, Annett picked up his best finish at the 1.5-mile speedway. 26. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart grazed the wall on Lap 115 and had to pit 12 laps later with a flat tire. 27. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Carrying the #SCStrong on his decklid in support of the recent flooding in South Carolina, Gilliland did his best to avoid trouble on Sunday. 28. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt lost his right-front tire and faded through the field before hitting the wall to bring out the fourth caution period. " RELATED: Junior says 'it ain't over' for the 88 team 29. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . It was a promising day for DiBenedetto who turned in his best Charlotte result. 30. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt recorded his best Charlotte finish after lining up 37th Sunday. 31. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . McDowell bounced off the wall in the closing third of Sunday’s race, but survived without picking up a tire rub. 32. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . A puncture in the left-rear tire prompted Bowman to make an unscheduled stop during the first 115 laps, but a subsequent tire rub put the No. 7 Chevy back on pit road for repairs. 33. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was black-flagged on Lap 35 after one of his crew members kneed-in his right-rear quarter panel. 34. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport Racing. Kennedy survived a messy start to Sunday’s race, but very quickly found himself fighting for the beneficiary pass. 35. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Ford, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson earned the beneficiary pass during the competition caution, but struggled to stay on the lead lap. 36. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard brushed the wall on Lap 133 but held on to keep the caution flag from coming out and made his scheduled stop three laps later. 37. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . On Lap 291, Ragan told his team the engine was out of water and he brought his car to pit road. 38. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Stacked up on the first green flag, Whitt received contact from behind and had to spend an extended amount of time on pit road during the first caution flag to patch his bumper. 39. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson's strong day was stalled by an engine issue (oil pump) that sent him to the garage with 77 laps to go on Sunday. " RELATED: Silver lining to early exit 40. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier radioed that he just "killed the radiator" after he made contact with Michael McDowell on the Lap 182 restart. " For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView and/or Scanner today 41. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . As he took the green flag at the start, Burton ran into the back of slowing competitors, incurring significant left-front damage and bringing out the caution flag on Lap 1. 42. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth's day "snowballed" after a couple pit road mistakes combined with tire rub and then on-track contact with Ryan Newman . Kenseth ultimately broke something on the right-front of his car and retreated to the garage. " RELATED: Multiple incidents ruin Kenseth's day 43. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne cut a tire twice inside the first 61 laps on Sunday; the second one sent him hard into the wall and brought out the third caution flag.