Kansas: GM, Johnson Happy Hour accident quotes

Pole winner, Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS, Goes to Back-up JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS Note: Hit the wall in Turn 3 during final practice session and will go to a back-up car for Sunday's race. Back-up Monte...

Pole winner, Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS, Goes to Back-up

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S MONTE CARLO SS

Note: Hit the wall in Turn 3 during final practice session and will go to a back-up car for Sunday's race. Back-up Monte Carlo SS was last run at the Michigan race in June '07 (started 2nd, finished 19th)

WHAT HAPPENED? "I just lost it getting into Turn 3. The car was kind of loose. I thought it was coming to me and so I started opening up my entry into the corners and it just got out from underneath me getting into Turn 3. We definitely didn't need that. The car we've got is the car we won California with. I'll have to start in the back but this track is wide and good. And we can race anywhere. I really don't have any big concerns besides getting run over behind us (laughs) right now with the back-up car (as the crew push it toward Johnson & TV crew). We didn't need this."

Additional comment from Doug Duchardt, vice president of development for Hendrick Motorsports

ON PULLING OUT THE BACKUP CAR: "The damage to the No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS is more significant that it may look from a cosmetic standpoint. The entire left side of the car is caved in, so basically it is wrecked. We asked NASCAR and they said we could pull out the backup car. Aero here at Kansas is very important and given the option to use a backup car that we know is 100%, even to start in the back, is the best option in the Chase."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson
Teams Hendrick Motorsports