An accident on lap 105 of the Big Machine Vodka 400 ended Jimmie Johnson’s 15-year NASCAR championship playoff streak.
The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion entered the 160-lap race 18 factors behind the sixteenth place tie between Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Newman and Stewart Haas Racing driver Daniel Suarez.
Johnson certified fifth Sunday morning and ran inside the highest ten all through the race’s opening 100 laps. He picked up the lead in the course of the second cycle of inexperienced flag pitstops on Lap 88 simply as Kyle Busch’s engine failure introduced out the yellow.
The yellow allowed the motive force of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet to cease underneath the warning with out shedding beneficial monitor place. He emerged from the pits in twelfth and picked up 4 spots on the quick inexperienced run earlier than particles introduced out the yellow two laps shy of the end of the stage.
Everything got here aside for Johnson on the restart as he tried to go three-wide for fifth with Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Bryon and Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kurt Busch.
The rear end snapped out, and Johnson backed into the Turn 1 SAFER barrier earlier than being impacted by Parker Kligerman.
The harm proved too extreme and the four-time Brickyard winner retired from the motion.
Johnson emerged from the automobile unharmed however disillusioned with the consequence.
“Yeah, it’s really disappointing,” he mentioned. “Unfortunately, we had a bad 25 races that led to the position we’re in here today and we needed a stellar day. I think we were having a strong day. I’m really proud of my team with what’s been going on.
“The No. 1 car had a little trouble on the restart. I’m on the inside going into the corner and it was just super tight. It’s unfortunate that happened. Certainly it’s not what we needed on that restart. I couldn’t go below the white line and kind of got snipped there and turned around; and around and round we go.”
Today’s consequence didn’t wholly dampen the spirits of the 83-time race winner. He stays decided to get again to victory lane in the ultimate 10 races.
“This team is getting stronger each and every week and Cliff Daniels is doing an amazing job of leading this group and we’re ready to roll. We’ll dust ourselves off and go to Vegas and try to get a trophy.”