After being involved in a crash that helped put defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson in a deep points hole, Greg Biffle has said he isn’t exactly sure what led to their incident.
On Lap 85 of the Contender Round-opening Hollywood Casino 400, Biffle – who was eliminated from the Chase during the Challenger Round – appeared to slide up into Johnson coming off of Turn 2.
Both of them went spinning down the backstretch, with Johnson clouting the inside wall.
While making an appearance today to promote next weekend’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte, Biffle addressed the issue.
“I don’t know if [Johnson] got slowed up a little bit coming off the corner,’’ he said to MRN’s Dustin Long. “We were coming off the corner two-, three-, four-wide. My car started to lose the nose a little bit, started to slide up the race track.
“It looked like he had good momentum off the corner. It looked like I was going to be able to move in behind him. I don’t know if he got slowed up any from the cars in front of him or I tried to move over too early and caught his left rear.
“You’re going to have that contact when you’re back there two-, three-wide scrambling on a restart. We just got together.’’
The field had resumed green-flag racing a couple of laps earlier following a yellow for Kurt Busch hitting the wall in Turn 4.
While Biffle recovered from the Lap 85 crash to finish 15th, Johnson was forced to go to the garage for repairs.
He later returned to action in mid-race at nearly 70 laps off the pace and finished 40th – a disastrous result that has put him last among the 12 remaining Chasers at 27 points behind the cutoff.
“Certainly, [we] need W’s, I would assume, going forward,” Johnson said.
The good news for Johnson? He’s returning to Charlotte after winning for the seventh time there this past May in the Coca-Cola 600.
Three of those seven triumphs have come in this upcoming 500-miler.