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The No. 48 Lowe’s team had its best showing at Michigan since...its last showing at Michigan, when Johnson walked away with the winner’s trophy.
This has been a miserable summer for Chad Knaus and Company, with mechanical issues and tire woes plaguing nearly all of their outings in the month of July.
“The clock is ticking, and we’re running out of time,” Johnson said in a post-Michigan media release. “But we have fast race cars and they keep saying we show it during the race, but the results haven’t been there. This was a good recovery for today, but it’s certainly not we want to be.”
Johnson even showed a bit of his fighting side (or maybe it was frustration) on Sunday when he had a post-race "conversation" with Richard Childress Racing driver Ryan Newman. The RCR driver had been dogging him in the final laps of the race, yet Newman felt Johnson was at fault.
"Anybody who has watched this sport long enough or has been in a race car out there understands the frustration that comes along with racing Ryan," said Johnson after the race. "Just normal Ryan stuff."
This is a group with a reputation for stellar results when the weather turns cool. Johnson has said that nine of the 10 Chase tracks are his best tracks. The exception? Talladega, of course.
Make no mistake about it: This team will be ready when the green flag flies at Chicagoland in September.