Much Before Chase Elliott – Kyle Larson Drama, Jimmie Johnson “P*ssed” Off Jeff Gordon at Hendrick Motorsports Amidst Frequent Run-Ins

Published 08/25/2022, 1:20 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JULY 22: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, prepares to drive during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 23, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

If history teaches us something, then it’s that it should not be repeated. NASCAR fans are going gaga over Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson’s constant run-ins. However, this is not the first time that two Hendrick drivers had an on-track tussle. Prior to Larson and Chase Elliott, two other Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Jimmie Johnson, and Jeff Gordon, were involved in some on-track heated moments. 

Johnson and Gordon got involved in their first tussle at the 2010 Samsung Mobile 500 race in Texas. The two of them made contact on lap 240 while racing for second place.

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Back then, the left side of Johnson’s car was left damaged. The impact from Gordon’s vehicle also sent him to pit road. However, the driver still managed to finish the race in second place. On the other hand, Gordon finished 31st after being involved in a wreck with Tony Stewart

Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon’s reaction to the incident

As expected, the two drivers were not happy with the way things went down. During the race, a frustrated voice of Jeff Gordon was heard over the radio. Talking to his crew chief Steve Letarte, Gordon said, “Four-time is a little upset. He [expects] to be treated different than everybody else.”

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Following the run-in, Jimmie Johnson seemed quite upset with his teammate. Talking about the incident in a post-race interview, he revealed, “He [Gordon] was just on my bumper, pushing me through the center of the turn—I was like, ‘Man, I really can’t go anywhere if you’re there, pushing me; if you’d just get off my a** and let me get control of my car, I can accelerate.'”

LONG POND, PA – AUGUST 03: (L-R) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, stand in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 3, 2007 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

While conveying his disappointment, Johnson said that he would try and get to the bottom of this. He expressed his wish to sort things out and said that there was no point in playing it out in the press. However, like Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott, the duo did it again. Another run-in at the Talladega Superspeedway proved that things were not that ‘sorted’ between the two teammates. 

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Like Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson made contact again

During lap 182 of the Talladega race, Gordon made a hard charge under Johnson’s #48 Chevrolet, and Johnson moved to block in turn three. This forced Johnson’s Chevrolet onto the apron while stifling Gordon’s momentum.

Soon Gordon was involved in a multi-car accident. Finishing at the 22nd position, Gordon was furious about his teammate’s actions. As a result, he said“The 48 [Johnson] is testing my patience, I can tell you that. “It takes a lot to make me mad, and I’m p**sed right now. When a car is going that much faster…I don’t know what it is with me and him right now—but whatever.”

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WATCH THIS STORY: From Kyle Larson to Denny Hamlin: Chase Elliott’s Most heated Moments

Just like Johnson and Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports‘  Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott seem to be in a cold war. The tussle between the duo has cost a win to Chase Elliott at the Watkins Glen NASCAR Cup Series race. However, it’s interesting to see how things will pan out between the two at the Daytona International Speedway on August 27, 2022. 

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Devyani Sharma

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Devyani Sharma is a NASCAR Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her postgrad in English Literature, she has worked as a content writer for a while now. With over three years of experience in the field and hundreds of articles published on the web, Devyani has now associated with EssentiallySports to start her journey in the world of sports journalism.

Edited By: Pritam Priyedarshi

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