UPDATE: If you’re wondering if the dust has settled between Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson since their incident at Watkins Glen International five days ago, here’s the short answer: It hasn’t.
[I] in his first media availability since the heated post-race discussion with Blaney at “The Glen,” the seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion noted Blaney failed to reach out this week.
“We know what happened on the track … the drivers do,” Johnson told NASCAR.com. “There was a window of opportunity there from my standpoint for Ryan to handle it a certain way, to engage in at least the way that I know I have when it wasn’t on purpose and I have yet to see or hear from him. So, that only validates my line of thought and how angry I was in the car.”
While Johnson indicated he was waiting for some form of communication, Blaney told NASCAR.com he had already had that conversation after the race.
“I have nothing to apologize about,” Blaney said Friday morning at Michigan. “He came down on me. I apologized to him right then and there, even though it was his fault. I have a lot of respect for Jimmie — or had a lot of respect –that’s why I kind of let him chew my ass out for a minute, minute-and-a-half or whatever he did and I didn’t go back into him, especially when he put a finger in my face.
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ORIGINAL POST 8-9-2019: Jimmie Johnson had some choice words for Ryan Blaney after they tangled in Sunday’s Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International.
The two drivers made contact late in the going during the second road course race of the season. Once the checkered flag flew and the drivers returned to pit road, the duo confronted one another in a heated conversation.
“I was trying to hear what he had to say but his lips were quivering so bad he can’t even speak,” Johnson said after the discussion. “I guess he’s nervous or scared, maybe both, I don’t know what the hell the problem is… He claims it was racing, I can’t wait to go racing. Everybody stay tuned.”
“He’s angry,” Blaney said. “I can’t blame him for being angry. He’s trying to get in the Playoffs right now and have good runs. Trust me, the last guy I want to spin out is Jimmie. We always race great together. I’ve looked up to him for a long time and still do, and he’s the last guy I want to spin out. It didn’t end well.