No. 48 gets karmic payback? (Photo: Chris Trotman, Getty Images)
After Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon) drove through Kurt Busch at Pocono Raceway last weekend, the Blue Deuce came back to finish second at the Glen, which may hint at some justice from the racing gods. It was a career-best road course finish for Busch.
Busch gained three spots in the standings, moving into fourth place.
Kurt Busch insists that he does not “want to wish bad upon anybody," but there has to be some irony in the fact that his brother Kyle played a role in Johnson’s Lap 71 debacle. Johnson salvaged a 28th-place finish but dropped to fifth in the point standings. Johnson is now one position behind Busch overall.
“I think we overcame a lot throughout the weekend. I know the result doesn’t show it, but we unloaded and had a lot of troubles. We got the car turned around and qualified ninth,” Johnson reflected on the early weekend events.
“Then I had an early flat tire [in the race] and rebounded from that and drove all the way through the field back to ninth again and had that contact in turn 11,” Johnson stated.
“…[I]t sounds like maybe the 18 (Kyle Busch) was racing with [Jeff Gordon] and they got in a situation getting into turn 11 and they were bouncing off of one another. I was up ahead of them and I was the next guy in line for the contact.”
Repeating a line from last weekend in Pocono, Johnson summed it up as, “One of those racing deals. Hate that it happened, but what do you do?”
Stewart noted, “The 29 (Kevin Harvick) got underneath him off of six or whatever they want to call it. I got to the left of him and I got through seven just fine, we got through one just fine and he just moved a little to the left there. I have to stay on the road. I gave him room through two corners and never pinched him down. I don’t know if he didn’t know we were still there or if he thought he had more room. I can’t go any further left than what I already was.”
In the closing laps, Harvick was running alongside Stewart for a top-five finish, but the No 29 had tire problems on the final lap leaving Harvick to fight for an 11th place finish.
“We had a good day,” said Harvick. Got a flat tire there with like three laps to go and just had to kind of hang on to finish. That kind of stinks, but all in all it was a pretty good day and the car was fast. That was it.”
Harvick maintains the Sprint Cup standings points lead heading to Michigan this weekend.
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