Texas II: Johnson post-race interview

JIMMIE JOHNSON , NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 2nd ON HIS RUN: "Yeah, it was a real nice run all night long. We were able to stay in the top five. Never really had anything for the 20 to get up and lead a lap. We did end up getting a...

JIMMIE JOHNSON , NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 2nd

ON HIS RUN:

"Yeah, it was a real nice run all night long. We were able to stay in the top five. Never really had anything for the 20 to get up and lead a lap. We did end up getting a lap on the pit cycle but just a strong performance. I had one hair-raiding moment where the window net popped down and I had to get it back up and latch it. It took me a lap or so to get that and I lost a couple of spots. Thankfully I got that up and didn't have a penalty from that but all in all just a strong night."

ON THE DRIVERS IN THE CHASE NOT SEEMING TO HAVE ANY EASY NIGHTS:

"I think we all have near misses out there - if it's on pit road, on the track, crashes around you and what goes on. Tonight it was just amazing to me how hard you could drive your car lap after lap after lap. I'm used to some give up and the cars never game up and as the night went on I had to keep pushing myself to run harder so I didn't lose any spots at the beginning.

"I was just trying to be smart and take car of my stuff. At the end of the night I had the pace under control and could run and do what I needed to but all of us, we'd run flat out almost here for a couple of laps and it was really a hard pace."

HOW MUCH EASIER IS IT FOR A DRIVER NOT IN THE CHASE TO GO AFTER RACE VICTORIES?

"I think you can change your attitude and your mindset but at the same time you've got to do your job as a driver and you've got to have good equipment. I think we've all been shocked the 20 had a slow spot getting close to the start of the Chase and the end of the Chase and now those guys are in the form that we expected them to be in. If it comes down to fuel mileage at the end or two tires since they're not in the points they'll gamble on that. Our call for four tires at the end just because we didn't want to take a chance and put four on instead of taking two. I think that's where the difference comes in."

-credit: gm racing

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