Hey Jimmie and Dale, just because your teams share the same shop doesn't mean you have to trade problems.
During the Sprint Cup Series' first visit to Michigan International Speedway, Hendrick teammates and shopmates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. saw strong runs derailed by issues while they were near the front of the field.
While leading in June, Junior blew an engine on lap 128. Later that race, Johnson was running second to Greg Biffle in the waning laps when he blew a right front tire and hit the wall.
On Sunday, both cars were strong again, however the same maladies afflicted each Hendrick team. Just to different drivers.
While Junior was leading on lap 55, Johnson came to pit road and the team lifted the hood on his machine. While Johnson pulled back on the track after just a short time in the pits, the issue under the hood was terminal. He was in the garage a few laps later. It was his turn for an engine problem.
After Johnson's day was done, Earnhardt Jr. was near the front of the field until lap 136, when he suffered a right front tire failure and slammed the wall in turn 2, not too far from where Johnson had hit the wall in June.
After the team wasn't able to fix the damage on pit road, Junior was soon behind pit wall too, though he was able to get back on track after the damage was repaired. Junior wound up 36th. Johnson finished 40th.
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