Johnson crash streak continues in Clash

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

Once again, the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona was not what Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, had hoped for in the 75-lap non-points event.

For the past six years, Johnson has crashed out of the event. This year was no different for the seven-time champion. On the final lap, Johnson was involved in an incident on the backstretch when he was turned into the outside wall by Kyle Larson.

“I had some contact from behind and we got turned into the outside wall,” Johnson said. “I haven’t had a chance to look at it and see what exactly happened, but the nose on our Chevy is pretty pointy.  I was pushed by a Chevy so I don’t know if that had something to do with it or not, I just need to get a good look at the replay.”

Throughout the weekend, there was chatter amongst the Chevrolet camp about how the new Camaro ZL1 would perform in competition; The Clash provided the first opportunity. The concern throughout the weekend was about the nose of the car having a point.

Johnson mentioned the same move by Kurt Busch on the prior lap, then mentioned that Larson took the same shot. Johnson will review the accident to see what exactly had happened.

‘Yeah, I got turned. Larson and I were talking about that in the Care Center.  I need to go back and look at the video and see if he really did get me center and if that could have been a contributing factor to it,” Johnson stated.

“A lap before that, I think the No. 41 (Busch) got into me and pushed me pretty hard and everything was fine. So, in my head I cleared that concern and was looking out the windshield sitting in a great spot, but unfortunately didn’t make it back.”

Larson admitted on social media that the accident on the backstretch was his fault.

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