DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – There may be a lot of controversy during the Gander RV Duels on Thursday night at Daytona Int'l Speedway, but one incident that took place caused an interesting conversation. Jimmy Johnson, before half-way in the first 60-kilometer duel, sent Busch spinning down and emerged from disagreement over the top start position at Daytona 500.
This also led to some talk from Busch, as in his radio team. and again after the race.
"Tell 48 to use his damn eyeballs!" Busch told his crew after hroming back into the holes with a flat right front tire. "It's twice in two races he did exactly the same thing."
Busch was equally stubborn after picking up his No. 18 Toyota for his glance at the incident.
"He Ran From Me", 2015 Monster Energy champion of the NASCAR Cup Cup series said.
For his part, Johnson assumed full responsibility for contact and was severely humiliated after the end of the eighth in the first duel, explaining in detail what happened at the intersection between him and Bush. were a three-wide arrival through the turn, but I'm seeing a windshield, my rear view mirror and my third mirror trying to judge if the line is going to follow me or if the line is going to follow Kyle (Busch) … and where the third car is at the same time, "Johnson noted. – In all this environment, I wanted to go back for Kyle, and I think my eyes were in the wrong place, so I did not have a good sense of where I was with Kyle – trying to manage the mirrors – and I just did it wrong. I thought I knew where I was from the right front (tire) and I was just mistaken.
"Unfortunately, my mistake turned it over and I feel bad," added Johnson. "My apologies to him and his team, because I know that this is not what they wanted from their (Daytona) 500 cars. As I said, I just did it wrong. "
On Thursday evening, for the second time in two Speedweeks races Johnson was involved in the incident on the track. He made a similar contact with Paul Menar during the previous car parts last week, which turned Menard into a pack and provoked a 17-kilometer machine at the end of the race. win in his duel. However, he quickly stressed that he did not consider that both cases of contact in general were similar.
"I firmly believe that Clash was an incident of racing," Johnson said. "This was a mistake from my name … and everyone makes mistakes." I do not have that, "said Bush. "He must use his eyes".