April 11, 2021

by a NASCAR fanatic - not affiliated with NASCAR

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Jimmie Johnson plans to start from the back when he defends his Fontana title after a spin during practice wrecked his primary car.

Johnson says he has elected not to participate in qualifying Friday, sending him to the back of the field Sunday.

Johnson lost control while moving around Kurt Busch on Turn 3 at the Auto Club Speedway’s aged 2-mile asphalt. The nose of the car dug into the infield dirt at Turn 4.

Johnson and his crew chief, Chad Knaus, have decided they would rather have time to prepare the backup car properly rather than rushing it into qualifying. If something happened to the backup car, Johnson would be forced to race in a teammate’s backup car at Fontana.