BROOKLYN, Mich. -- In case you missed it, Jimmie Johnson is going to have a tough time coming up with a victory at Michigan International Speedway today.
That's because due to an accident in final practice, he is going to start dead last today.
Good news for Jimmie is that MIS is one of the best tracks on the circuit for passing, and he's using a backup car that was prepared for a Chase race -- so he should be stout and pass a lot of people.
But getting by 42 drivers will take both skill and luck, and I'm not sure Jimmie will have things fall his way.
But with him already being locked in the Chase, you can bet he'll do whatever he can to make it happen -- should be fun to watch.
Here's what he had to say about the incident and his chances after practice:
“Very good back-up car went out and put down an eight or 10 lap run
there at the end that I would put up against anybody’s time. I hate the
extra work load, but we are trying to figure out what really happened
because I had no sign of lose and certainly spun
out and crashed. The No. 88 came over and he said that he felt there
may have been some oil down and he slipped real bad going through
there. Then we are trying to look at our tires and get an understanding
of what might have happened because lose was not
in the characteristics of the car and then I end up spinning out and
going in. It would be nice to figure out why so we know, but regardless
we’ve got a back-up car that we’ve gone to and hopefully the race
engine is still in good shape and we can put it
in the back-up car and not have any issues with our grid position.”