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Jimmie Johnson comments on Indianapolis accident, missing playoffs

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 – Sidelined in eight-car crash on Lap 106. Finished 35th and will not advance to the Playoffs

THIS WAS A DISAPPOINTING END TO YOUR REGULAR SEASON. YOU WERE INSIDE ON A THREE-WIDE SITUATION AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED?

“Yeah, it’s really disappointing. Unfortunately, we had a bad 25 races that led to the position we’re in here today and we needed a stellar day. I think we were having a strong day. I’m really proud of my team with what’s been going on. The No. 1 car (Kurt Busch) had a little trouble on the restart. I’m on the inside going into the corner and it was just super tight. It’s unfortunate that happened. Certainly it’s not what we needed on that restart. I couldn’t go below the white line and kind of got snipped there and turned around; and around and round we go.”

THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN A PART OF NASCAR’S POST SEASON. WHAT DOES THE SEASON NOW BECOME FOR YOU?

“Well, first of all, I think it’s pretty impressive the run we’ve been on to be in the Playoffs for this many consecutive years. I’m not sure who is close, but I don’t think they’re very close. So, we have that to be proud of. Sure we wanted it to continue on, but the goal is to win a race. This team is getting stronger each and every week and (crew chief) Cliff Daniels is doing an amazing job of leading this group of Ally’s, and we’re ready to roll. We’ll dust ourselves off and go to Vegas and try to get a trophy.”

WE’VE SEEN SOME GREAT PERFORMANCES OUT OF THIS TEAM. THE RESULTS HAVEN’T BEEN THERE BUT HOW PROMISING HAVE THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS BEEN FOR YOU?

“I’m sleeping easier. I can’t wait to have the results start showing up. Months ago it was tough because we couldn’t really get anything going our way. Now we have the optimism of strong qualifying sessions, strong race cars, and races. We just need to get to the Finish Line.”

— Team Chevy —