After Texas, Jimmie Johnson stands at the 16th or final spot in the NASCAR Playoff contention list. In the race, a late mistake by Cup Series rookie Quin Houff caused a caution of 29 laps during a critical period which spoiled the race for a lot of guys. However, Richard Childless racing teammates got the best of it and converted this advantage into a P1 and P2 finish. Austin Dillion beat his teammate Tyler Reddick by a margin of under 0.2 seconds to take the win.
After the race, NASCAR posted a tweet revealing the point standings of the guys on the ‘Bubble’. Jimmie Johnson sits on the final spot with Willian Byron right behind him. With 9 more races to go, it looks like Johnson will need to put up some strong performances to keep his Playoff spot.
NASCAR.com reports, In an interview with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Scott Miller Senior VP NASCAR talks about the incident. He said, “I think nobody could argue that it was a very poor decision. The racing incident, things are going to happen. Every decision that’s made out on the race track is an instantaneous, spur-of-the-moment decision, but I think that nobody could argue that wasn’t a poor one.”
After the race, the driver at fault, Hauff talks about the race. He said, “An unfortunate ending to our day in Texas.”
Houff added, “I’ll just go ahead and knock this out of the way, we were trying to get to pit road and I didn’t get called off in time and the guys that were committed underneath me were already there, and that’s my fault. I had a spotter mirror there that we use in the window on the left side of the car, and it had fallen off so I couldn’t see out of that. So, rookie mistake. It’s one of those really tough learning instances.”